The trial of Theranos executive Sunny Balwani will begin

The trial was postponed due to multiple COVID-19 related delays.

The criminal trial of Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, the ex-boyfriend of convicted Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and chief executive of the blood test company, is expected to begin on Tuesday in California after a delay related to COVID-19.

Balwani’s trial was postponed on January 1 due to a wave of Omicron cases and then again last week when it was discovered that a jury candidate had come in contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19.

On Monday, after reporting fever and sore throat to the court, Judge No. 1 was pardoned and replaced by an alternative.

Federal prosecutors will first go to the floor to make their opening statements, and then Balwani’s lawyers will have the opportunity to defend themselves.

Balwani’s trial is being held in the same San Jose court where Holmes was convicted earlier this year. There are similar allegations against him: two counts of wire forgery conspiracy and 10 counts of wire forgery.

He is not guilty of all counts and could face decades in prison if convicted.

The government alleges that Holmes and Balwani devised a year-long plan to deceive investors and patients by deliberately misleading people about the power of their blood-testing technology.

A federal jury found Holmes guilty of four counts of fraud in January. The 38-year-old is due to be sentenced in September, following the expected completion of Balwani’s trial.

The couple were originally charged in the same case, but their trial was called off after Holmes revealed that he had planned to testify that Balwani had abused him mentally and physically. She held back tears in December as she told the jury that bullying forced her to have sex and “influenced everything about who I was.”

Balwani has strongly denied the allegations in a filing.

A Holmes judge exclusively told ABC that the jury largely ignored the emotional evidence in the discussion.

Holmes also testified before a Silicon Valley jury that Balwani ran day-to-day lab operations and took care of the company’s finances.

But Judge No. 6 told ABC News that the jury found Holmes indifferent because “everything went through him.”

Theranos was the brainchild of 19-year-old Holmes, who poured himself into a blood-testing business from Stanford. His company later developed a miniature device called the “Edison”, which witnesses to his trial said they believed any blood test could be performed.

Holmes introduced the fancy technology to the likes of media mogul Rupert Murdoch and the Davos family, raising millions of dollars.

By 2013, Silicon Valley startups began testing it at Walgreens stores with plans to expand nationwide. Holmes appointed a number of prominent figures to sit on its board, including General James Mattis and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and George Schultz.

But Theranos came under fire in October 2015 when an investigation by the Wall Street Journal found that less than 10% of the company’s blood tests were performed on Edison, according to the report.

Three years later, in March 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a lawsuit against Holmes, Balwani and Theranos, claiming that they had fraudulently collected more than $ 700 million from investors.

Federal prosecutors later filed criminal charges against the former couple.

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