Elizabeth Holmes, founder and former CEO of Theranos, arrives for movement listening to on Monday, November 4, 2019, on the U.S. District Court House inside Robert F. Peckham Federal Building in San Jose, California.
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She was a billionaire CEO whose luxurious life-style rivaled that of any film star.
Elizabeth Holmes employed private assistants to run her luxurious purchasing sprees, traveled by non-public jet, stayed at unique accommodations and drove an costly SUV.
As the CEO of Theranos, she was consistently within the limelight. Now dealing with a slew of fraud prices and jail, her protection attorneys don’t desire her rich previous to be performed out within the courtroom – saying it’s going to prejudice a jury.
“The sum of money Ms. Holmes earned in her place at Theranos, how she selected to spend that cash, and the identities of individuals with whom she related merely haven’t any relevance to Ms. Holmes’ guilt or innocence,” her attorneys wrote in a movement filed late Friday evening.
Prior to her downfall, Holmes was as soon as named the world’s youngest feminine self-made billionaire and Theranos was considered one of Silicon Valley’s unicorn startups — privately valued at $9 billion.
The authorities alleges that Holmes “had her Theranos-paid assistants run private errands, carry out private duties, and buy luxurious items,” in keeping with the submitting.
In the movement, protection attorneys declare that the prosecutors’ motive argument relies on the idea that Holmes’ luxurious life-style could have motivated her to “commit fraud to amass or preserve that life-style.”
“Many CEOs stay in luxurious housing, purchase costly car and clothes, journey luxuriously and affiliate with well-known individuals – as the federal government claims Ms. Holmes did,” they wrote.
During her jet-setting days Holmes wore her signature black turtle neck in quite a few media appearances and appeared to carry the important thing to revolutionizing the high-cost health-care system.
Holmes promised Theranos might diagnose something from diabetes to most cancers with only a drop or two of blood. The firm shut down in 2018 after a Wall Street Journal investigation uncovered its unproven know-how and doubtful enterprise practices.
What adopted was a fall from grace for Holmes – who duped billionaire buyers, board members and Walgreens.
Holmes and her co-defendant Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani are charged with a dozen felony fraud prices. Their trial is anticipated to start out in U.S. District Court in San Jose, CA on March 9.
“The jury shouldn’t be subjected to arguments relating to Ms. Holmes’ alleged buy of luxurious journey, ‘high-quality wine,’ or ‘meals supply to her dwelling’,” attorneys for Holmes mentioned.
Holmes faces as much as 20 years in jail if convicted.