Trial begins for Sunny Balwani, ex-boyfriend of convicted felon, and Theranos chief Elizabeth Holmes

Ex Theranos Chief Operating Officer Sunny Balwani is on trial for two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and 10 counts of wire fraud, and faces a possibility of 20 years in federal prison.

Trial begins for Sunny Balwani, ex-boyfriend of convicted felon, and Theranos chief Elizabeth Holmes
Former Theranos Chief Operating Officer Ramesh 'Sunny' Balwani. (file photo)

A series of email threads expressing concerns that their technology did not work, exchanged by former Theranos chief Elizabeth Holmes and her ex-lover and second-in-command Ramesh ‘Sunny’ Balwani, were admitted into evidence March 30.

In the first week of what is expected to be a three-month trial, prosecutors aimed to convince the jury that Holmes — who was found guilty of four of the 11 charges against her in an earlier trial and will be sentenced in September — and Balwani were complicit in all matters involving Theranos, including the frauding of investors, inaccurate revenue predictions, and using another company’s proprietary technology when its own machine for blood testing did not work.