Supreme Court Urged to Reconsider Wartime Fraud Claim Ruling

Dec. 3, 2021, 7:13 PM

A former Department of Defense contracting officer accused of engaging in a contract kickback scheme in South Korea asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court’s interpretation of the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act, which revived the government’s fraud prosecution.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said that because of a flawed interpretation of the WSLA, a district court improperly dismissed as untimely seven counts in the 2017 indictment against Duane Nishiie.

The WSLA stops the clock on the statute of limitations for wartime fraud, property, and contract offenses until five years after hostilities cease. ...

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