Jordan Belfort: The Wolf of Wall Street

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Jordan Belfort: The Wolf of Wall Street

History of the case
Definition of Crime
Laws Violated
Penalties Imposed Upon Guilty
In 1998 Jordan Belfort was indicted with 27 counts of International Securities Fraud and Money laundering. After cooperating with the FBI, in 2003 Belfort was sentenced to four years in prison and fined and ordered to back approximately $110 million that he had defrauded from investors. He served 22 months in federal prison and was ordered to pay investors 50% of his income until $110.4 million was collected (Kolhatkar, 2013). According to federal prosecutors, Belfort has not kept up his part to fulfill the terms of his agreement. After his release in April 2006 Belfort’s income has consisted of $1,767,203
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18 U.S. Code § 1348 - Securities and commodities fraud
Whoever knowingly executes, or attempts to execute, a scheme or artifice—
(1) to defraud any person in connection with any commodity for future delivery, or any option on a commodity for future delivery, or any security of an issuer with a class of securities registered under section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78l) or that is required to file reports under section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78o (d)); or
(2) to obtain, by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, any money or property in connection with the purchase or sale of any commodity for future delivery, or any option on a commodity for future delivery, or any security of an issuer with a class of securities registered under section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78l) or that is required to file reports under section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78o (d)); shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned not more than 25 years, or both.
(Money Laundering Control Act of 1986 )
Money Laundering: Money Laundering is the act of placing illegally acquired money in a legitimate business cash flow. This is done in order to be able to use that currency without law enforcement and the IRS questioning cash flow pertaining to a certain individual or corporation in question. This also considered a form of

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