9th Circ. Revives Charges Over DOD Contract Fraud Scheme

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Law360 (May 12, 2021, 9:48 PM EDT) — The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday revived charges against a former military contracting officer over his alleged role in a bribery scheme, saying a law pausing the expiration of certain claims during wartime did not require fraud claims to be connected to a specific war.

A requirement in the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act that fraud offenses against the government have a connection to a specific ongoing war applies only to a subcategory of contract-based claims, not fraud- or property-related claims, a three-judge panel ruled Wednesday in a published decision. The WSLA suspends the relevant statute of limitations for criminal fraud against the government…

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