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Elizabeth Holmes Says US Is Wrong to Suggest She Marry Her Partner to Pay Debts

Elizabeth Holmes arrives at federal court in San Jose, California, on Sept. 1.

Elizabeth Holmes arrives at federal court in San Jose, California, on Sept. 1.

Photographer: Nic Coury/Bloomberg

Theranos Inc. founder Elizabeth Holmes fired back at federal prosecutors’ claim that she’s shielding family assets to avoid paying back victims of her fraud.

The government “suggests that Ms. Holmes’ sentence should be imposed based on the assumption that a private citizen uninvolved in the offense conduct (Ms. Holmes’ partner) should marry her and have his extended family pay her debts,” according to a filing by Holmes’s lawyers. “That is an unfounded suggestion.”