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CORRUPTION ON WALL STREET
The financial crisis took off Sept. 15 with the collapse of Lehman Brothers, and its CEO Richard Fuld (far left) personifies the meltdown.

SEX SCANDAL
N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer—who fought prostitution as an attorney general—resigned when the feds uncovered his trysts with escort Ashley Dupré.

PONZI SCHEMER
Bernard Madoff, 70, was charged with defrauding investors of $50 billion.

SENTENCED TO PRISON
O.J. Simpson got at least nine years for armed robbery and kidnapping.

SHADY BUSINESS
Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich, 52, was arrested for trying to auction off Barack Obama's empty Senate seat.