By Bill Briggs
Sure, the rich get richer.
But sometimes, the rich get the slammer.
The conviction Wednesday of former Wall Street star Raj Rajaratnam to multiple counts of conspiracy and securities fraud adds another financial luminary to the ever-expanding Who’s Who of white-collar criminals.
Prosecutors say Rajaratnam’s network of inside tipsters constituted the hedge-fund world’s biggest insider-trading bust.
From Ivan to Bernie to Martha, Raj – who remains under house arrest as his attorneys plan an appeal – soon may join a litany of convicted liars and cheats who ultimately traded their designer duds for prison jumpsuits.
Whether greed, corruption, hubris – or all of the above – fueled their crimes, this list of infamous business crooks is loaded with one thing: time.
When their collective sentences are totaled, these offenders were originally sentenced to almost 350 years behind bars.
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Galleon hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam (L) departs with his lawyer from Manhattan Federal Court in New York May 11, 2011. Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam was found guilty on all 14 conspiracy and securities fraud charges on Wednesday, in a vindication of the government's aggressive tactics in prosecuting crime on Wall Street. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW BUSINESS)
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NEW YORK - MARCH 12: Financier Bernard Madoff arrives at Manhattan Federal court on March 12, 2009 in New York City. Madoff is scheduled to enter a guilty plea on 11 felony counts which under federal law can result in a sentence of about 150 years.(Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)
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Ivan Boesky Pleads Guilty at the New York District US Courthouse on April 23, 1987. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
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074839 01: Michael Milken leaves the courthouse April 1, 1990 in New York City. Milken faced a ninety-eight count criminal indictment and a civil case filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for allegedly conspiring in insider trading, arranging illegal take-overs and defrauding investors. (Photo by Bill Swersey/Liaison)
Former Worldcom CEO Bernard Ebbers exits Manhattan federal court with his wife Kristie by his side following his sentencing, Wednesday, July 13, 2005, in New York . Ebbers was sentenced to 25 years for orchestrating and accounting scandal which bankrupted the once giant telecommunications company. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
**ADVANCE FOR MONDAY, MARCH 1** FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2006, file photo former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling, left, leaves the federal courthouse in Houston after being sentenced to 292 months in federal prison on 19 counts of conspiracy, securities fraud, insider trading and lying to auditors. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Monday, March 1, 2010, challenging the constitutional validity of a 28-word word law that's been used for more than two decades by federal prosecutors to send high-profile public officials and corporate executives, including Skilling, to prison. Unclear, though, is whether a successful challenge would overturn some of Skilling's convictions or all of them, possibly resulting in a new trial.
Dennis Kozlowski, followed by his wife Karen Kozlowski, makes his way through a crush of media as he leaves New York Supreme Court after jury deliberations in New York, Friday March 26, 2004. Kozlowski is accused of conspiring to spend Tyco funds to finance personal expenditures. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Martha Stewart leaves Manhattan Federal Court after guilty verdicts in her federal stock fraud trial in New York, Friday March 5, 2004. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
John Rigas, founder and former CEO of cable television giant Adelphia Communications enters Manhattan federal court in New York on July 8, 2004.
Richard Scrushy with his wife Leslie, left, and attorney Donald Watkins, right, speak to reporters outside the Hugo Black Federal Courthouse in Birmingham, Ala., Tuesday, June 28, 2005, after jurors acquitted the HealthSouth Corp. founder of all charges. The case against Richard Scrushy had been widely considered among the strongest. He was the first CEO charged under the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate reporting law. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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Former chief executive officer of Qwest Communications Joe Nacchio, front, walks with his wife, Anne Esker, as they enter the federal courthouse in downtown Denver, Friday, April 13, 2007, as a jury deliberates the insider-trading case against the executive. The jury returns to continue to consider the 42 counts against Nacchio for insider trading on Monday, April 16. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Former Computer Associated (CA Inc.) chief executive Sanjay Kumar arrives for his sentencing hearing at Brooklyn Federal Court in the Brooklyn borough of New York November 2, 2006. REUTERS/Keith Bedford (UNITED STATES)