TAK­ING STOCK

New York Post - - NEWS - By MICHAEL KA­PLAN

Leonardo DiCaprio had a lot to learn be­fore play­ing louche stock­bro­ker Jor­dan Belfort in the 2013 movie “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

“Leo had never done drugs, so I showed him what it looks and feels like when you are high on quaaludes,” the real Belfort, 55, told The Post. “I . . . started crawl­ing around. We were both on the floor, drool­ing. His fa­ther walked into the room and asked us what the f--k we were do­ing.”

Now, sober for 20 years (fol­low­ing a near-fa­tal over­dose) and hav­ing served 22 months in prison for stock fraud and money laun­der­ing, Belfort says he has more to teach the world as he pur­sues his “re­demp­tion.”

His new book, “Way of the Wolf” (North Star Way, out Sept. 26), pur­ports to pro­vide the blue­print to Belfort’s sales suc­cess — a sys­tem that he pre­vi­ously ped­dled online for the ask­ing price of $2,000.

Among his ad­vice is how to use body lan­guage and speech pat­terns to es­tab­lish ex­per­tise and dom­i­nate the pitch. And he stresses that it’s all on the up-and-up.

“I drill the idea of ethics and of not go­ing over the line,” Belfort said. “If you use this sys­tem in the wrong way, sell­ing peo­ple stuff they don’t need, you will make 20 per­cent more at the start but have a big prob­lem later on.” He should know. In the 1990s, Belfort ran a stock bro­ker­age firm, Strat­ton Oak­mont, where young, ag­gres­sive guys whom Belfort de­scribed to The Post as “not the sharpest tools in the shed,” would hard-sell clients into buy­ing lousy penny-stocks de­signed to fail. “They jammed them down peo­ple’s throats,” said Belfort, a den­talschool dropout born in The Bronx.

Those stocks would then be “pumped and dumped” — the prices ar­ti­fi­cially in­flated in or­der to sell at a higher price — by Strat­ton Oak­mont, re­sult­ing in hun­dreds of mil­lions in prof­its for the com­pa­ny­ompany and ran­sacked ac­counts for clients.

In 1999, Belfort plead­eded guilty to stock fraud and money laun­der­ing. He was sen­tenced to four years and or­dered to pay $110 mil­lion­mil­lion in resti­tu­tion to for­mer clients.ents. But, as de­picted in his 20077 book, “The Wolf of Wall Street,”et,” and the movie, mil­lions in ill--got­ten gains had al­ready been blown on pros­ti­tutes, co­caine and gam­bling.

Upon re­lease, with thehe en­cour­age­ment of cell-mate Tommy Chong — and ben­e­fit­ing from weak­ened Son of Sam laws, which are sup­posed to pre­vent con­victed crim­i­nals from prof­it­ing off of their crimes — Belfort re­ceived a hefty ad­vance for his book and an­other $940,500 for the movie rights.

“I started from scratch [with no money or as­sets, which had all been seized] and in seven years paid back $4 or $5 mil­lion to a [vic­tims’] fund.

“My first book ad­vance was $550,000; the se­cond [for the 2009 se­quel, “Catch­ing the Wolf of Wall Street”] was $750,000. I paid back 50 per­cent,” he ex­plained. “For a time, I ggave 100 pper­cent of the movie money [which did not come in a lump sum].”

The gov­ern­ment has ac­cused Belfort of drag­ging his feet over the resti­tu­tion — a charge he de­nies. (A spokesper­son for the US At­tor­ney’s Of­fice de­clined to com­ment.)

One victim, Al­fred Vitt, a re­tired den­tist in Texas, said Belfort still owes him more: “I lost $250,000 and re­ceived [back] a small frac­tion of it. We’re sup­posed to get some­thing ev­ery month from Belfort. I haven’t got­ten any­thing for the last six or eight months.” The Wolf swears more is com­ing. “For the last two years I have been writ­ing and do­ing less speak­ing, so [earn­ings] have been lousy.”

He adds that he’s will­ing to pay out even more if some­one can just iden­tify where it should go.

“We asked for a list of who is owed money, and the judge said that the list can­not be re­leased. I want to pay back ev­ery­one who is owed money. It’s a moral obli­ga­tion. I want to have the great­est re­demp­tion story.”

To­day, Belfort lives with his part­ner of 10 years, Anne Koppe, in a luxe Man­hat­tan Beach, Calif., home by the Pa­cific Ocean. Speak­ing en­gage­ments — as many as 150 a year — gen­er­ate up to $100,000 per day. He still lives the good life, driv­ing a Mercedes and tak­ing ten­nis lessons from Jeff Tarango, for­merly one of the world’s top 10 dou­bles play­ers.

He ad­mits to some re­grets. “If I could change things so that I didn’t lose peo­ple money, I would go back. But I’d keep all the hook­ers and drugs . . . That was my life.”

TOASTED: Leonar­doo DiCaprio won a Golden Globe for play­ing Belfort in the movieovie adap­ta­tion of “Wolf of Wal­lWall Street.”

PAY DAY: Con­victed trader Jor­dan Belfort has been shelling out resti­tu­tion to for­mer clients bilked by his past fi­nan­cial schemes.

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