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United States v. Jay Passerino


United States v. Jay Passerino
Court Docket No.: 20-20073-CR-SCOLA (S.D. Florida)


Court Assigned: This case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, United States Courthouse, 400 North Miami Avenue, Miami, Florida 33128.

Latest Update: On February 10, 2022, defendant Jay Passerino’s sentence was reduced from 15 months to 4 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release.  Passerino’s surrender date to the Bureau of Prisons has been extended to March 31, 2022 no later than 12:00 PM.

Overview: Jay Passerino, a Florida resident, was charged in a criminal information, filed on February 10, 2020, in the Southern District of Florida, with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371. The charge stems from the defendant’s role in a scheme to induce investors to deposit money in binary option contracts through the use of false and fraudulent statements disseminated to investors via email and/or internet websites, concerning the profitability of binary options investments as well as the nature, risks, and suitability of investing in binary options. Passerino pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge on March 10, 2020 and is currently released out on bond. 

For more information about the charges in this case, please see below:
Criminal Information


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Updated September 27, 2023