Breaking. A not-so-bright day for Sunny Balwani in the US District Court, Northern District of California, in San Jose. Today, after five days of deliberations, the jury returned verdicts on the ‘summer rerun’ of the two Theranos trials, that of former president Ramesh ‘Sunny’ Balwani. Unlike CEO Elizabeth Holmes, Balwani was found guilty of all 12 criminal fraud charges.
Each of the 10 wire fraud counts carries a maximum of 20 years imprisonment in Federal prison, plus a $250,000 fine and restitution on each count. The two additional conspiracy to commit wire fraud charges carry five years each. No date has been set yet for sentencing by Judge Edward Davila, who will be sentencing Holmes in September on her conviction on four of 11 counts and a possible 20 years as a member of Club Fed.
The trial called 24 witnesses, most of whom testified in the Holmes trial. The prosecution’s case centered on Balwani’s responsibilities in defrauding investors on the Theranos technology in order to get funding and placement in Safeway and Walgreens, as well as his knowledge that the labs didn’t work. The defense, calling only two witnesses, maintained that Balwani was a true believer in the technology, that the prosecution’s case was incomplete, he had no intent to defraud, and lost millions in direct investment and in shares.