10 Celebrities Who Committed White-Collar Crimes and Got Caught

Nov 08, 2023

By: Komal Banchhor

Celebrities on the Wrong Side of the Law

The allure of fame and fortune often casts a long shadow, and even some of the most prominent celebrities have been unable to escape its pitfalls. White-collar crimes, while nonviolent, have landed several famous individuals behind bars, serving sentences for ...

1. Todd Chrisley

Todd Chrisley, known for his role in the popular reality TV series "Chrisley Knows Best," faced a shocking downfall in November 2022 when he was sentenced to prison. As a prominent Georgia real estate magnate, Todd received a substantial 12-year pris...

2. Julie Chrisley

Julie Chrisley, best known for her co-starring role in "Chrisley Knows Best," shared the dramatic downfall that unfolded in November 2022. She was handed a 7-year prison sentence, alongside her husband Todd, following their convictions for bank fraud...

3. Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart, the home decor mogul, experienced a fall from grace in late 2004. She served five months in a West Virginia federal prison camp for women humorously referred to as "Camp Cupcake." Following her prison term, she endured another five mo...

4. Jen Shah

Jen Shah, a star of "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City," took a different route to her sentencing. In July 2022, she pleaded guilty to criminal fraud charges related to a telemarketing scheme. Her crime involved offering services of little to no ...

5. Teresa Giudice

Teresa Giudice, known for her role on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," faced a challenging period in her life due to legal troubles. In 2014, she was sentenced to 15 months in prison, although she served 11 months. These legal woes stemmed from a...

6. Joe Giudice

Joe Giudice, the husband of Teresa Giudice, also faced significant legal issues related to their financial dealings. In 2014, Joe was sentenced to 41 months in prison after being found guilty of mail fraud, wire fraud, and bankruptcy fraud. These charges were ...

7. Bernie Madoff

Bernie Madoff was no ordinary criminal; he orchestrated the largest Ponzi scheme in history, defrauding investors of nearly $65 billion. The former chairman of the NASDAQ stock exchange faced charges of securities fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, money launderin...

8. Elizabeth Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes, once celebrated as the CEO of the biotechnology startup Theranos, found herself on the wrong side of the law in November 2022. She was sentenced to 11 years and 3 months in prison for defrauding investors. Holmes, aged 38, reported to a minim...

9. Mike Sorrentino

Mike Sorrentino, famous for his role on MTV's "Jersey Shore," faced legal troubles for tax fraud. He was charged with failing to pay taxes on $8.9 million of income in 2014. In 2017, he was hit with additional charges of tax evasion and structur...

10. Al Capone

Notorious gangster Al Capone, a symbol of the Prohibition era, faced a different kind of justice. In 1931, Capone was convicted of income tax evasion, landing him an 11-year prison sentence. He began serving his time at a prison in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1932, b...