Bernie Madoff is only one of the white-collar offenders exposed this year for bilking the country out of millions. Whether stealing from dying family members or taxpayers, plenty of big wigs managed to land themselves in fancy prisons for decades to come. Though some of the execs we've compiled below have yet to have their cases resolved, its still been a banner year for white-collar charges. Click through and vote for 2009's most egregious high-flying white-collar cases.
The former Goldman Sachs programmer was charged in July 2009 with stealing a valuable computer code capable of manipulating the market. Aleynikov says he is innocent, and it is still unclear whether the section of code he downloaded is useful outside of the Goldman network. Critics say the charges against Russian-born Aleynikov are trumped up to serve as a warning to other employees and are based in lingering Cold War-era stereotypes.
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