REPORT: John Thomas Financial's CEO Was Involved In 'Some Marijuana And Stealing Cars' As A Teen


You might recognise Thomas “Tommy” Belesis as the managing director to Shia LeBouf’s character in Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” 

And if that doesn’t ring a bell, you might remember the time he organised a rally to “put the pride back in Wall Street.” 

He’s also appeared on Fox Business and CNBC and he received media attention after hiring an Occupy Wall Street protester.

Anyway, today Belesis, the founder and CEO of brokerage and i-banking firm John Thomas Financial, is the subject of a New York Post piece highlighting the financier’s shady past from his teenage years.  The report is based on a testimony Belesis gave when he served as a witness for the government who had charged Christian Tarantino with killing three people between 1994 and 2003. 

From The Post (emphasis added):

Just 19 years old at the time of the first two murders, Belesis told the jury that he was “involved with some marijuana and stealing cars” in 1994, when he was hanging out with a group that included Tarantino’s younger brother, Steven.

It was no small operation. The ring would steal, store and “tag” cars for re-sale, including a white four-door Lexus, a black two-door Lexus and a white Cadillac Seville, according to his and others’ testimony in the trial.

Nassau County police detective Jack Kennedy was investigating the thefts and obtained a warrant to search the Farmingdale storage facility where the ring stashed the cars. It was there that he found a black canvas bag filled with walkie-talkies, police scanners and the rifle that prosecutors alleged was used in the armoured car murder.

The Post didn’t say what his involvement with the group was.  Belesis was never charged with any wrongdoing, the Post reports. 

We’re told by a source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, that the group went by the name of “Bum Rush Pose,” or BRP for short.  The group also distinguished themselves by wearing white bandannas.

Belesis was not immediately available for comment at the time of publication.

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