Former CEO Charged With Wire Fraud And Money Laundering
Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the return of an indictment charging Jason Cory (47, Jacksonville) with three counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison for each count of wire fraud and up to 10 years’ imprisonment for the money laundering offense. The indictment also notifies Cory that the United States is seeking a money judgment of at least $558,701.40, the proceeds of the charged criminal conduct.
According to the indictment, Cory was the Chief Executive Officer of an information technology services company. From approximately March 2017 through March 2019, Cory embezzled $547,071.10 from the company by authorizing and directing wire transfers out of its corporate accounts to an entity named Gambit Matrix LLC (Gambit). Cory informed employees that Gambit had performed consulting services for the company, when in reality, Gambit was a shell company controlled by Cory. Cory also controlled the Gambit bank account into which the embezzled funds were transferred, and used them for his personal expenses, including the purchase of a Rolex watch costing $11,630.30. Cory attempted to conceal his embezzlement by lying to employees and board members about his control over Gambit, attempting to persuade people to portray fictitious owners of Gambit, creating social media profiles and email addresses for those fictitious owners, and falsifying documents to substantiate the fictitious work being performed by Gambit.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David B. Mesrobian.