Hard time: 10 tech CEOs sent to the slammer

A sampling of famous and not-so-famous tech execs who ran afoul of the law

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Sanjay Kumar, Computer Associates


Sanjay Kumar pleaded guilty to accounting fraud committed while CEO of Computer Associates (now CA). Fraudulent practices included the 35-day month, in which income in one quarter is supplemented with revenue from the next in order to meet Wall Street expectations. The practice resulted in a $2.2 billion fraud case that damaged the company and won Kumar a 12-year sentence to federal prison in New Jersey. Once there he started pointing fingers at others within the company, but no charges resulted.

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