Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the bankrupt blood testing business Theranos, is scheduled to be sentenced for misleading investors on Friday.
The punishment is the latest chapter in a legal process that has elevated the former billionaire entrepreneur to the status of a symbol of Silicon Valley misbehavior.
Holmes faces a 20-year term for each of the four offenses, but legal experts believe the penalties will be served concurrently, giving her a maximum penalty of 20 years.
In a court filing last week, Holmes’ defense team asked for no more than 18 months in jail. Her counsel claimed that a lower sentence involving house arrest and community work would suffice.