Elizabeth Holmes makes court appearance in San Jose

Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes appeared Monday at a San Jose federal courthouse, one of her few photographed public appearances in the months since the collapse of her company.

Holmes is facing charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud; prosecutors allege Theranos, which boasted inexpensive and quick blood tests, had no such technology. Instead, they say Holmes and her COO Sunny Balwani knowingly misled consumers, investors and health care professionals about what their product could do.

Balwani, who was romantically linked to Holmes during their time at the company, was also set to appear for a separate status hearing.

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Cameras and reporters greeted Holmes at the courthouse, where she arrived for her 1:30 p.m. status hearing. At the brief hearing, the judge proposed July 8 as the start date for the trial, according to CNBC.

Holmes already settled a civil suit with the SEC in March; she agreed to pay $500,000 in fines and cannot serve in a company leadership position for 10 years. She faces up to 20 years in prison, if convicted in this federal case.

Holmes, 35, has been awaiting trial in San Francisco, where she reportedly lives with her fiancé.

“She’s been seen galavanting around San Francisco and Silicon Valley, going to dinner parties with her fiancé,” Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou said on CNBC Monday. ” … Clearly she’s behaving like nothing is wrong.”

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