Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison in Fraud Trial

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Elizabeth Holmes has been sentenced to 11 years behind bars in her fraud trial.

The founder of the failed blood-testing start-up, Theranos, was sentenced on Friday by a judge in a federal court in San Jose, California. She was given 11.25 years behind bars and 3 years of supervised release. The sentence will begin April 2023.

As we’ve reported, Holmes was convicted on of 4 of 11 charges she was facing in her fraud trial earlier this year — one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and 3 counts of wire fraud.

She was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and multiple counts of wire fraud for deceiving investors, patients and advertisers … all in search of money and fame. She was found not guilty on 4 counts … the jury couldn’t reach a verdict on 3 of the counts.

During the trial, Holmes testified that she had good intentions and put her trust in the scientists behind the start-up company. It was also revealed during sentencing she’s pregnant with her second child … she also addressed the court, getting emotional and took responsibility for Theranos — apologizing to investors.

Holmes also recited a quote from the poet Rumi, saying, “Yesterday I tried to change the world. Today I’m wise, and want to change myself.”

The billion-dollar company promised it could perform cheaper and easier blood testing, but it was later revealed its devices could only successfully complete 12 tests … instead of Elizabeth’s claim of 1,000. The company shut down 3 years later.

There’s been a documentary, a best-selling book, a podcast and a drama series — “The Dropout” — all centered around the company’s downfall.

She started the company when she was 19 … back in 2003.

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