• Track K: Case Studies: Fraud from Beginning to End
    7K The Other Side of the Courtroom: Jordan Belfort from the Prosecutor’s Seat
    Tuesday, 10:20-11:40 a.m.
  • The recent semi-autobiographical bio-pic on the life and crimes of Jordan Belfort, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” tells one story of this individual. But like all such ventures into this medium much is lost, skipped over or just not fully represented as accurately as it might. In this session, you will hear the behind-the-scenes story of Belfort and the eventual collapse of Stratton Oakmont from two men central to the investigation.

    During Part One of this special session on Monday, Special Agent Gregory Coleman, who led the FBI money laundering investigation that resulted to Belfort’s arrest, will share his insights on the case. Part Two on Tuesday will feature the viewpoint from former U.S. District Attorney Joel Cohen, the prosecutor who brought the case against Belfort.

    You Will Learn How To:

    • Recognize the way the fraud was perpetrated and uncovered, and the steps taken to prosecute and convict Jordan Belfort
    • Prepare a case from the prosecutor side

    Level: Intermediate
    Recommended Prerequisite: A basic knowledge of fraud schemes as they relate to the investment industry
    Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

  • Joel M. Cohen

    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

    Cohen, a former federal prosecutor and experienced trial lawyer, has led or participated in more than 20 civil and criminal trials in federal and state courts. From 1992 to 1999, he served as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, supervising the Business/Securities Fraud Unit, where he received numerous awards from the Department of Justice and law enforcement agencies. Cohen was the prosecutor of Jordan Belfort and Stratton Oakmont, the focus of recent film,"The Wolf of Wall Street".
  • Gregory Coleman

    Special Agent
    Asset Forfeiture/Money Laundering Team, Federal Bureau of Investigation

    SA Gregory A. Coleman joined the FBI in 1989 and has been assigned to the FBI’s largest office in New York City since graduating from the FBI Academy. From 1989-1992, SA Coleman investigated Ponzi schemes and advance fee schemes under the mail and wire fraud statutes and provided support for an undercover investigation targeting fraud in the commodities markets. In 1992, he became one of the original members of an investigative squad established to address securities fraud and commodities fraud on a full-time basis. During his time at the FBI, SA Coleman headed the money laundering case that led to Jordan Belfort's arrest.