Elizabeth Holmes tried to flee to Mexico after her conviction, prosecutors say

Theranos fraudster Elizabeth Holmes tried to flee the country by buying a one-way ticket to Mexico leaving shortly after his conviction last year, federal prosecutors alleged.

Prosecutors made the dramatic request in a case filed Thursday against Holmes’ request to remain free on bail as she appeals her conviction and her 11-year prison sentence.

Holmes, 38, was convicted on Jan. 3, 2022, of misleading investors into believing her startup Theranos had developed a breakthrough medical testing device. She is due to report to prison on April 27, after her second pregnancy is due.

The new filing reveals that, weeks after his conviction, the government discovered that Holmes had reservations for a flight to Mexico on January 26, 2022, with no apparent return ticket.

When prosecutors contacted one of Holmes’ attorneys, he claimed she had booked the ticket before the jury’s verdict and expected to go on the international ride after being found not guilty.

Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes arrives in federal court in San Jose, California in October. Prosecutors accuse him of trying to flee the country last January

Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes, left, walks with her partner, Billy Evans

Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes, left, walks with her partner, Billy Evans

An email from prosecutors to Holmes' lawyer last January reveals that the government learned of his flight reservation to Mexico and found it

An email from prosecutors to Holmes’ lawyer last January reveals that the government learned of his flight reservation to Mexico and found it “concerning”.

“The hope was that the verdict would be different and that Mrs. Holmes could make this trip to attend the wedding of close friends in Mexico,” Holmes’ attorney Lance Wade told prosecutors in an email, attached. attached to the court record.

Wade claimed in the email that Holmes had forgotten to cancel the flight reservation “in the midst of all that was going on”, but promised to do so.

But for prosecutors, the incident was a disturbing alleged escape attempt. “It was only after the government raised this unauthorized flight with the defense attorney that the trip was canceled,” the motion argued.

The motion said Holmes’ husband, Billy Evans, left the country on the scheduled January 26 flight to Mexico, and did not return until six weeks later, returning from Cape Town, South Africa.

The new government filing also alleges that Holmes “continues to show no remorse to his victims,” ​​including the investors whose roughly $900 million in investments in Theranos went up in smoke when the company’s deception was revealed.

Holmes’ legal team did not respond to the government’s motion, and Wade did not immediately respond to a DailyMail.com request for comment on Friday afternoon.

Holmes' attorney, Lance Wade, told prosecutors she booked the ticket before the jury's verdict and expected to go on the international ride after being found not guilty.

Holmes’ attorney, Lance Wade, told prosecutors she booked the ticket before the jury’s verdict and expected to go on the international ride after being found not guilty.

Holmes lived in a lavish mansion with her husband Billy Evans and their child during the court process.  She is due to give birth to a second child in the coming months

Holmes lived in a lavish mansion with her husband Billy Evans and their child during the court process. She is due to give birth to a second child in the coming months

Prosecutors said Holmes' husband, Billy Evans, left the country on the scheduled Jan. 26 flight to Mexico and did not return until six weeks later.

Prosecutors said Holmes’ husband, Billy Evans, left the country on the scheduled Jan. 26 flight to Mexico and did not return until six weeks later.

In November, U.S. District Judge Edward Davila sentenced Holmes to 11 years in federal prison, delaying the start of the sentence until April 27 due to her pregnancy.

Holmes, whose first pregnancy delayed her trial, is currently pregnant with her second child and is due to give birth before reporting to jail.

She is appealing the conviction and sentence to the United States Court of Appeals, asking for a new trial and asking to remain free until there is a decision on her appeal.

In the filing, attorneys for Holmes said, “This was a complex, hard-fought, months-long trial with numerous witnesses and hundreds of exhibits that resulted in a split verdict.” The case is full of appeal issues.

Holmes’ filing also claimed errors were made by the judge, including allowing the jury to hear about regulatory action against Theranos, and the company’s cancellation of all test results of its “Edison” machines

A jury convicted Holmes, who served as CEO throughout the company’s checkered 15-year history, on three counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit fraud after seven days of deliberation.

She was acquitted of four other counts of fraud and conspiracy alleging that she also deceived patients who paid for Theranos blood tests.

In November, Judge Davila recommended that Holmes serve his prison sentence in a minimum-security prison camp in Texas.

The prison camp recommended by the judge is in Bryan, Texas, about 100 miles north of Houston, where Holmes attended high school. It is intended for female prisoners and currently houses approximately 540 female prisoners.

Federal Bureau of Prisons officials make the final decision on inmate assignments, but often take the court’s recommendation into consideration.

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