Disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes made an “attempt to flee the country” by buying a one-way ticket to Mexico after pleading guilty to four counts of fraud last January, prosecutors said.
In the new filing on Thursday, prosecutors said that “contrary to the defendant’s claim that she has a ‘spotless record with U.S. Pretrial Services’ and claims there is no evidence she will flee while she continues her appeal. .. the incentive to flee has never been greater and the defendant has the means to respond to that incentive.”
“For starters, the defendant’s records with the Pretrial Services and the court provide no explanation for her attempt to flee the country shortly after she was sentenced. The government was informed on January 23, 2022 that Defendant Holmes had booked an international flight to Mexico departing January 26, 2022 with no scheduled return journey,” the government said.
Once the government learned of Holmes’ planned trip, prosecutors emailed Holmes’ lawyers. In an email from Holmes’s legal team to the government, which was reviewed by UKTN News, Holmes’ lawyers said: “The hope was that the verdict would be different and that Mrs. of close friends.” in Mexico.”
“Given the verdict, she does not intend to make the trip – and so she has not given notice, sought permission or requested access to her passport (which the government has) for the trip.
“But she also hadn’t canceled the trip yet, in the midst of everything that was going on. We will have her do this immediately and will send you a confirmation.
Prosecutors in the filing said that “it is difficult to know for sure what the defendant would have done had the government not intervened.”
They also revealed that William Evans, Holmes’ partner, left on a one-way ticket on the scheduled date. Evans did not return “from another continent” until about six weeks later. Evans’ activities during the trip were not disclosed by prosecutors.
In November, Holmes was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for her role in Theranos, the blood testing company she founded, which was once valued at more than $9 billion and was later discovered to be largely fraudulent. Holmes was convicted of four counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
In a pre-sentencing statement, federal judge Edward Davila condemned Holmes and Theranos, calling the entire debacle a “fraud case in which an exciting venture was carried on with great anticipation and hope, only to be interrupted by misrepresentation, overconfidence and obvious lies”.
During Holmes’ sentencing, she was ordered to surrender to prison on April 27.
The new filing comes as part of prosecutors’ argument that Holmes, who is currently pregnant with her second child, should be serving her jail term instead of living on a California estate with an alleged monthly maintenance of more than $13,000. claim the prosecutors.