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Lawyer Seeks SEC Snitches in Movie Theater Ads Running with New 'Wall Street' Film

You don’t have to commit a crime to make major money, a New York lawyer will soon be reminding those who watch the new Wall Street film in some movie theaters.

Snitching to the feds about a securities fraud at your own company can bring in the big bucks, too, under a new whistle-blower law, attorney Stuart Meissner reminds viewers of the Oliver Stone sequel, in on-screen ads and movie theater flyers, reports the New York Post.

The new sequel, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, features the same Michael Douglas character, Gordon Gekko, who made insider-trading and the phrase “greed is good” household terms with the first Wall Street movie, decades ago.

Newly released after a stint in jail, he seems to have mellowed somewhat. But other characters are unabashedly evil, and the movie’s connection to the global economic turmoil sparked by the Wall Street shenanigans of recent years makes it compelling, according to a New York Daily News review today.

Douglas won an Oscar for his performance in the 1987 film, and the review says he and the other actors are at the top of their game in the sequel, too.

“Having the ad right there with the movie reminds people who have information regarding securities violations, ‘Hey, I can make money and also do a good thing,’ ” Meissner tells the Post.

The movie opens nationally on Friday and is previewing in New York this week. Meissner says he targeted his advertising in movie theaters he expects to draw the biggest financial district crowds.

His ads remind viewers that they can inform the Securities and Exchange commission anonymously about violations of the law by doing so through an attorney and provides a link to his website,

Related earlier coverage: “Greedy Gordon Gekko to Make a Comeback in ‘Wall Street 2’ “ “Oliver Stone Got Insights from Eliot Spitzer for Latest Wall Street Film” “Ex-Wife of Michael Douglas Seeks Half of His Earnings from ‘Wall Street 2’”

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