Is this thinking ahead or a high-priced legal exercise in futility? The US District Court decisions by Judge Edward Davila pertaining to restitution were clear: $452 million is owed jointly by Elizabeth Holmes and Sunny Balwani to 14 victims, including Safeway and Walgreens [TTA 31 May]. The question is how it will be repaid. The original order by the District Court for Holmes stated only a $25 per month payment while she is at the Bryan FPC. The Justice Department has now requested that the error be amended to now stipulate a $250 per month payment, or at least 10% of her income, after completion of sentence. Holmes’ legal counsel has now filed papers objecting to this assessment, which will take place at least nine years in the future. They cite her “limited financial resources”.
It seems that Holmes will have more trouble paying the $25/month from Bryan, as her financial resources will be even more limited. By some estimations, $25 per quarter is the average earning from prison work. What’s also apparent: her legal counsel is costing her much more than that just for the filing.
Balwani, on the other hand, has been ordered to pay $1,000 per month after his release. The District Court also fined him $25,000 for reasons not disclosed in news sources. Holmes has not been fined.
One wonders how the lenders will be repaid–proportional checks for pennies? Monthly or quarterly? This Editor is sure that the Murdoch family interests will be waiting eagerly for the payment, while the investments for Murdoch and most others were written off years ago. The small investors whose investment advisors bought shares on the secondary (resale) market get not even that penny.
Much has been made of her net worth circa 2015 when her Theranos stock was valued on the bubble at $4.5 billion, but that was then and this is now. The Feds continue to search for hidden assets held by both Holmes and Balwani. CBSNews, NY Post