Theranos fraudster Elizabeth Holmes cuts a sad figure in dowdy prison scrubs as she’s spotted behind bars for the first time in exclusive DailyMail.com images.
Holmes, 39, looked lost in thought as she wandered alone through the yard at Federal Prison Camp Bryan – the low-security Texas lockup that is likely to be her home for the next 11 years and three months.
The disgraced Silicon Valley maven surrendered to jail authorities on Tuesday more than a year after she was convicted of defrauding investors out of $945 million.
The mom-of-two – now federal inmate 24965-111 – has swapped her civilian clothes for standard issue khaki pants and a brown t-shirt but, as our pictures reveal, she’s been allowed to keep on her bulky black wrist watch and was wearing a wedding ring.
Holmes was also spotted clutching a piece of paper – believed to be an introductory guide for new prisoners – and wore a lanyard around her neck as she was photographed plodding silently across the grounds of the 900-inmate, all-female facility.
Sources tell DailyMail.com that she is currently in isolation as part of the admission process and has appeared ‘twitchy’ from nerves, looking ‘around from side to side’.
Exclusive DailyMail.com photos show disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes taking a stroll through the prison yard in Bryan, Texas
The 39-year-old looked tired and downtrodden on her second day of her 11-year sentence for fraud
The Theranos founder wore her wedding ring and held what is believed to be an introductory guid for new prisoners
Her new residence has been dubbed ‘Club Fed’, where inmates aren’t even required to sleep in cells
Holmes smiled as she walked into prison to repot for her sentence on Tuesday
The federal prison in Bryan Texas is a women’s only minimum-security prison. Among her possible ‘dorm’ mates is fellow fraudster and one-time Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah, 49
Her nondescript outfit and make-up free, bespectacled look was a far cry from the smart black turtlenecks and power suits she wore in her heyday as a thrusting tech CEO.
She wore a wedding band despite Holmes and hotel heir Billy Evans never publicly acknowledging they are married, although People Magazine said this week that they tied the knot in a secret ceremony in 2019.
Holmes will begin her stay behind bars in isolation as the petite, blonde con – who’s more accustomed to life at a $9 million, beachfront mansion in San Diego – acclimatizes to incarceration.
FPC Bryan Inmates are typically locked up for non-violent offenses and white-collar crime.
They share four-person bunk rooms similar to college dorms and are woken at 6am for factory jobs or food service duties paying anything from 12 cents to $1.15 an hour.
But it’s not all bad news as FPC Bryan, located 100 miles northwest of Houston, is known for being notoriously cushy and one of more comfortable holding facilities in the US.
There’s also a smattering of famous inmates to get to know, including Former Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah, 49, who’s serving six-and-a-half years there for wire fraud.
The convicted fraudster spent her final days of freedom soaking up the sun with her family – without any hope or possibility of another last-minute reprieve that allowed her to dodge prison for a month.
She is now miles away from the San Diego mansion she shared with Evans and their two children.
U.S. District Judge Edward Davila set her revised prison-reporting date to May 30, meaning she was allowed to spend Memorial Day Weekend with her family before her spell in prison.
On Monday, exclusive DailyMail.com photos showed Holmes savoring her last days as a free woman with a wholesome trip to the beach near their oceanfront home
Holmes’ young children, William, 2, and 3-month-old Invicta, will have to spend much of their childhood without their mother
The convicted fraudster spent Mother’s Day weekend soaking up the sun with her family
Billy Evans and Holmes were seen playing with their son William outside their beachfront home just weeks ago as she enjoyed her final days of freedom
On Monday, exclusive DailyMail.com photos showed Holmes savoring her last days as a free woman with a wholesome trip to the beach near their oceanfront home, while being supported by her mother and father who have been staying with her ahead of her sentence.
Holmes’s young children, William, 2, and 3-month-old Invicta, will have to spend much of their childhood without their mother around.
The disgraced tech CEO had originally been ordered to begin her prison sentence on April 27, but managed to buy an extra four weeks with her family after scoring a reprieve with a last-minute legal maneuver.
Holmes’s company Theranos made her a billionaire before it was dissolved in 2018
She temporarily avoided reporting to prison after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to stay her date while she attempts to appeal her conviction.
The legal tactic deployed by Holmes mirrored a move made in March by her former lover and subordinate, Ramesh ‘Sunny’ Balwani, to avoid a prison reporting date of March 16.
After the Ninth Circuit rejected his appeal three weeks later, Davila set a new reporting date of April 20 for Balwani.
The same judge set a new prison-reporting date for Holmes on May 16 after a federal appeals court eventually rejected her bid to remain out of prison while she attempts to overturn her January 2022 conviction on four felony counts of fraud and conspiracy.
The punishment also includes a $452million restitution bill that Davila ordered Holmes to pay in a separate ruling issued earlier this month.
Holmes’s lawyers asked Davila to approve the May 30 prison reporting time to give her two weeks to sort out several issues, including child care for her kids.
Holmes is photographed for Forbes Magazine on September 22, 201. She started Theranos when she dropped out of Stanford University at the age of 19
The $9million beachside home in San Diego where Elizabeth Holmes and partner Billy Evan have been staying with their children before her prison sentence began
Her new home is considered one of the more cushy federal prisons in the nation but it is still a far cry from her previous life in San Diego
Holmes had once modeled herself as the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs and won widespread acclaim – including from Harvard University and Time magazine – for a phony technology which she claimed would revolutionize blood-testing methods by using miraculously tiny volumes of blood, such as from a finger prick.
She started Theranos when she dropped out of Stanford University at the age of 19.
She had scooped in nearly $1 billion in funding from some of the world’s biggest pockets: Venture capitalist titans including Tim Draper, Donald Lucas and Dixon Doll; wealthy heirs to the founders of Amway, Walmart and Cox Communications; and heavyweights of tech and media such as Larry Ellison and Rupert Murdoch.
Before those lies were uncovered in a series of explosive articles in The Wall Street Journal beginning in October 2015, Holmes had raised a staggering amount of money from some of the biggest names in business and tech.
Holmes’s stake in Theranos at one point catapulted her paper wealth to $4.5 billion.
She never sold any of her stock in the company, though trial evidence left no doubt she reveled in the trappings of fame and fortune – so much so that she and Evans, the father of her children, lived on a palatial Silicon Valley estate during the trial.