Celeb Scandals

From power seats to penthouse suites, these public offenders proved the bigger they were, the harder they fell

LEONA HELMSLEY

It was the ultimate payback when Leona Helmsley, the woman who declared taxes were for "the little people," was found guilty in 1989 of bilking the government of more than $1 million. Despite a net worth in the billions and holdings that included the Empire State Building, Leona and husband Harry billed such personal expenses as a $1 million pool house to their business. Harry was declared mentally unfit to stand trial (he died in 1997), but Leona served 18 months in a federal prison.

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