Five of Bernie Madoff's former employees will be in court Tuesday as their federal fraud trial finally gets underway.
The defendants include Madoff's long-time secretary, Annette Bongiorno, as well as four other back-office subordinates.
Prosecutors allege that the group helped Madoff cover up his wrongdoing with everything from fictitious trades to the creation of phantom accounts.
Madoff pleaded guilty in 2009 to bilking investors of nearly $20 billion and is currently serving a 150-year prison term.
He has maintained that he acted alone, but the government will try to prove otherwise through testimony from Madoff's former finance chief, Frank DiPascali.
The proceedings are expected to last up to five months.