Ex-Wife Of Danny Porush Tells What It Was Like Being Married To One Of The 'Wolf Of Wall Street' Men
The ex-wife of convicted financial conman Danny Porush has revealed how she watched a wholesome, loving man suddenly become a scummy criminal who was secretly stealing money from her.
Nancy Porush, mother of three, told The New York Post how Danny's desire to make money as fast as possible led to the demise of his business and family.
The 52-year-old from Mill Basin, Queens, who currently lives in a modest Syosset home, began her story by explaining what kind of a man Danny Porush was before stock firm Stratton Oakmont hit it big.
The two met at a fancy black-tie party in Manhattan. He was 27 and Nancy 22.
She was immediately drawn to his smooth-talking confidence and growing wealth.
Danny asked her to come work for his company and a year later, he proposed to her at a cheap hotel.
Doubts caused her to call off the wedding, but Danny refused to give in on his goal. He bought them a two-bedroom apartment in Bayside, Queens, and kept insisting that he couldn't live without Nancy.
The two were married in January of 1986.
Nancy was commuting to the city for work every day, which was tough because she was pregnant. Thankfully, a nice boy would always give up his seat for her on the bus.
That was how she met Jordan Belfort, the Wolf of Wall Street.
She pushed Danny to talk to Jordan about possible business ventures. He agreed and was awarded a job at Jordan's company soon after obtaining his stock broker's license.
It wasn't too long into this job that Nancy recalled Danny, who never seemed to care much for money, coming home one day a changed man, shocked at the amount of money he was making.
This was when Jordan and Danny decided to go into business together.
The two literally could buy whatever they wanted. Danny would also constantly assure his wife that he was doing noble work such as helping the environment and creating hundreds of jobs.
She remembers watching Danny pose and brag at one party in the Hamptons, acting like someone she had never met before in her life.
It was at this point when Danny had Nancy sign a series of confusing documents. She trusted her husband when he was really putting assets in her name as part of the fraud he was committing.
It was 1995, and Nasdaq had begun investigating the massive profits Stratton Oakmont was raking in.
The firm managed to evade the authorities by shutting down and opening up companies under new names, but on Labor Day weekend of 1997, the jig was up.
Nancy was in her kitchen of her new house in Boca Raton, Florida, preparing her kids for their first day of school when Danny called to say he was being arrested.
Danny was released in winter of that year and Nancy was feeling hopeful for a new future.
Then he dropped another bombshell on her in April of 1998.
Danny was sentenced to 39 months in 1999.
She was served an endless buffet of lawsuits and recalls one man coming to her door with a huge stack of papers on the morning of her first son's bar mitzvah.
Nancy sold everything she could and began teaching yoga and Pilates to support her family.
Thankfully, she is now free of debt and is living with a man she trusts. But she is still haunted by the memories of what Danny Porush became and the upcoming film isn't making it much better.
She closes her piece for the Post with some advice for young men who idolize the life her husband once led: