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Steve Madden; Fashion Director
|Revenue||$431.0 million USD (2007)|
Steve Madden, Ltd. was named "Company of the Year" for 2006 at the Footwear News Achievement Awards in New York City on December 5, 2006. Madden said, in accepting the award, that he was going to use it as a stepping-off point for improving his company's image.
Madden's financial affairs were closely entangled with Long Island 'pump and dump' brokerage Stratton Oakmont, cofounded by Madden's childhood friend Danny Porush. In 2001, the SEC filed charges against Madden in Federal Court in New York state, alleging SEC violations.  Because the violations weren't criminal in nature, the SEC was seeking to recover $1,637,000 in a combination of illegally avoided losses, interest, and a civil penalty.
In 2002, Madden was convicted of stock manipulation, money, and securities fraud. He was sentenced to 41 months in prison, and was made to resign as CEO from Steve Madden Ltd and from the board of directors.
Shortly after resigning as CEO, Madden set himself up as a creative consultant with Steve Madden Ltd., a position for which he drew $700,000 even when he was in prison.
Madden served in a federal prison at Eglin Air Force Base, and later Coleman Federal Correctional Complex, near Ocala FL. Madden was released from prison in April 2005. He then attended a New York City halfway house. Madden's attorney, Joel Winograd, said that Madden would stay at the house for 60 days. After his release from a halfway house, he was restricted to home confinement for a period.
He appears in Jordan Belfort's memoir of the events, The Wolf of Wall Street.
He is currently married to Wendy Ballew, his former director of operations. The couple has three children.
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- Steve Madden: Crisis of the Sole 2001 New York article on Stratton Oakmont and their client Steve Madden.
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