Episode 107: Greg Coleman – Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort

Retired agent Gregory Coleman served with the FBI for more than 25 years. He specialized in investigating financial crimes, money laundering, and asset forfeiture. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Greg Coleman reviews the criminal investigation of Jordan Belfort and the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont for securities fraud, stock manipulation, and money laundering. The case was chronicled in the Martin Scorsese movie, The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. In the movie, Greg Coleman was portrayed by Kyle Chandler. During his Bureau career, Coleman was widely recognized as an anti-money laundering expert among his law enforcement colleagues and is a recipient of the Director’s Award (Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys) for Outstanding Contributions in Law Enforcement. Many of his investigations involved stock market manipulations where the proceeds were laundered through shell corporations and offshore bank accounts. Since his retirement, he has operated Coleman Worldwide Advisors, where he designs and delivers customized, highly interactive, live training related to the detection and prevention of money laundering and suspicious activity reporting.  The training incorporates actual real-life examples drawn from the experiences of Mr. Coleman and other law enforcement officers. Greg Coleman is also a frequent keynote speaker and guest lecturer discussing the Wolf of Wall Street investigation and more. He has spoken to audiences in 14 countries. To arrange for him to consult or speak, he can be contacted directly at 646-660-1010 or gregorycoleman2015 (at) gmail.com. You can find more information about him and Coleman Worldwide Advisors on Greg Coleman’s LinkedIn page.

Special Agent (Retired)

Greg Coleman

5/21/1989 – 1/30/2015









The following are links to newspaper articles about the Jordan Belfort and Stratton Oakmont investigation and the movie The Wolf of Wall Street:

The New York Times – September 24, 1999: Stratton Oakmont Executives Admit Stock Manipulation

CNN Money – June 20, 2000: Retailer (Steve Madden) charged with fraud

The New York Times – December 19, 2013: Investors’ Story Left Out of Wall St. ‘Wolf’ Movie

The New York Times – January 7, 2014:  The Real Belfort Story Missing From ‘Wolf’ Movie 

Greg Coleman was portrayed by actor Kyle Chandler in the movie The Wolf of Wall Street. Due to an administrative snafu, the character’s name was changed to Patrick Denham on the first day of filming.














In his book, Catching the Wolf of Wall Street: More Incredible True Stories of Fortunes, Schemes, Parties, and Prison, Jordan Belfort recounts his version of the case and his thoughts about Greg Coleman and prosecutor Joel Cohen.
















Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.


  1. John TrevinoMarch 18, 2018

    Really interesting episode of the podcast. After hearing it, I’m looking forward to watching the movie more than I would have had I not heard the podcast.

    1. Jerri WilliamsMarch 20, 2018

      Thanks for listening! The movie is more about Belfort’s antics than the investigation, but it’s very entertaining.


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