Judge in Theranos fraud case orders 14-hour psychological test for Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes, founder and former CEO of Theranos, arrives for motion hearing on Monday, November 4, 2019, at the U.S. District Court House in San Jose, California.

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Holmes, founder and former CEO of Theranos, arrives for motion
hearing on Monday, November 4, 2019, at the U.S. District Court
House in San Jose, California. (credit:
GettyYichuan Cao
)

Elizabeth Holmes—the disgraced founder and ex-CEO of the

now-defunct blood-testing startup, Theranos
—may use a mental
condition as a defense against
a slew of federal fraud charges
, according to
a court document filed this week
.

Holmes and Theranos’ former president Ramesh “Sunny”
Balwani were charged in June 2018 with nine counts of wire fraud
and two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Federal
prosecutors allege the pair—who were romantically involved during
the alleged crimes—engaged in conspiracy to defraud Theranos
investors out of more than $100 million and defraud doctors and
patients into falsely believing the company’s faulty
blood-testing technology could reliably perform accurate health
tests with just drops of blood from a finger-prick.

According to the court document filed this week, Holmes—who is
now being tried separately from Balwani—notified the court last
December that she plans to submit “expert evidence relating to a
mental disease or defect or any other mental condition” that has
bearing on the issue of guilt. The expert providing such evidence
was named in the document as psychologist Mindy Mechanic, of
California State University, Fullerton.

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Judge in Theranos fraud case orders 14-hour psychological
test for Holmes