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Israeli-American claiming to help binary options victims pleads guilty to fraud
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Mar 14, 2019 6:17 PM 1+ week ago

The United States Department of Justice has filed charges against two Israelis suspected of online investment fraud, one of whom, Austin Smith, has pleaded guilty. Smith is the owner of a company that markets money recovery services to victims of binary options fraud.

On Wednesday, the United States Department of Justice updated its website devoted to the case of alleged binary options fraudster Lee Elbaz to reflect the fact that two additional employees at Elbaz's company had been charged, bringing the total number of defendants in this and related cases to six.

The two new defendants are Austin Smith, who allegedly used the alias "John Ried," and Yair Hadar, who allegedly used the name "Steven Gold," when talking on the phone to investors.

Smith was arraigned on Thursday and charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He pleaded guilty, was released to his parents' custody on $300,000 bail, and is scheduled to be sentenced on September 3, 2019.

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