Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes tries to block prosecutors from mentioning ...

Attorneys for disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes filed a motion last week in an attempt to block prosecutors from mentioning her wealth, spending habits and luxurious lifestyle during her fraud trial next year. 

According to a filing submitted on Friday and obtained by CNBC, the government is alleging that Holmes, 36, 'had her Theranos-paid assistants run personal errands, perform personal tasks, and purchase luxury goods'.

But her defense attorneys are claiming that prosecutors are trying to use a motive argument based on the assumption that Holmes' lavish lifestyle may have motivated her to 'commit fraud to acquire or maintain that lifestyle'.

'The amount of money Ms Holmes earned in her position at Theranos, how she chose to spend that money, and the identities of people with whom she associated simply have no relevance to Ms Holmes' guilt or innocence,' her attorneys wrote in the motion. 

Elizabeth Holmes before her fall from grace

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Holmes is seen attending the 2015 Time 100 Gala in New York City

Attorneys for disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes (left and right in April 2015) filed a motion last week in an attempt to block prosecutors from mentioning her wealth, spending habits and luxurious lifestyle during her fraud trial next year

According to a filing submitted on Friday, the government is alleging that Holmes (pictured in June 2019 leaving a court house) 'had her Theranos-paid assistants run personal errands, perform personal tasks, and purchase luxury goods'

According to a filing submitted on Friday, the government is alleging that Holmes (pictured in June 2019 leaving a court house) 'had her Theranos-paid assistants run personal errands, perform personal tasks, and purchase luxury goods'

Before Holmes' fall from grace she employed personal assistants to run her luxury shopping sprees, traveled by private jet and stayed at exclusive hotels. 

Theranos became a big name in Silicon Valley led by Holmes, a Steve Jobs-obsessed leader who wore black turtlenecks everyday like her Apple idol.

She attracted investors and venture capital firms and the company was valued at $9billion before crashing to the ground in 2015.

Now, she and her ex-boyfriend Ramesh Balwani are awaiting their day in court after being accused of falsely claiming the company's machines could perform breakthrough blood tests with a single drop of blood, duping investors out of millions and misleading doctors and patients.

Last month, a California judge refused to dismiss criminal charges against Holmes and Balwani. 

In July, the grand jury returned new indictments that clarified the alleged crimes committed by Holmes and Balwani. 

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But her defense attorneys are claiming that prosecutors are trying to use a motive argument based on the assumption that Holmes' (pictured in January arriving to court) lavish lifestyle may have motivated her to 'commit fraud to acquire or maintain that lifestyle'

But her defense attorneys are claiming that prosecutors are trying to use a motive argument based on the assumption that Holmes' (pictured in January arriving to court) lavish lifestyle may have motivated her to 'commit fraud to acquire or maintain that lifestyle' 

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Holmes' ex boyfriend and ex Theranos president Ramesh 'Sunny' Balwani (pictured in April 2019)

Holmes and ex-Theranos president Ramesh Balwani (right) are accused of falsely claiming the company's machines could perform breakthrough blood tests with a single drop of blood, duping investors out of millions and misleading doctors and patients

But lawyers for the pair had argued that prosecutors had taken too long to file the new indictments and some of the alleged misconduct was too old, according to the Wall Street Journal. The defense also said the indictments didn't provide enough explanation of the charges.  

Prosecutors have said that the allegations were clear from the initial charges, which 'described the type of misrepresentations, half-truths and omissions made to investors to perpetuate the fraud'. 

After listening to the arguments in October, US District Judge Edward J. Davila said the new indictments had clarified issues with the previous charges and denied the dismissal of charges. 

Holmes is set to go to trial March 9 after it was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic. Balwani will face trial separately and at a later date. 

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