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The Evolutionary Biology of Fungi and Fraud


Wendy Gerwick Couture


University of Idaho College of Law

B. Clifford Gerwick III


affiliation not provided to SSRN

May 16, 2011

John Marshall Law Journal, Vol. V, p.85, 2011

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In this essay, the authors – a law professor and a plant biologist – offer a fresh perspective on the use of broad federal fraud statutes to combat fraud by drawing a comparison with the use of multi-site fungicides to combat plant disease. Multi-site fungicides are effective at preventing the evolution of resistant strains of fungi, but they are subject to increased regulatory scrutiny amid concerns about off-target toxicity. Similarly, broad fraud statutes serve as a stopgap to prevent the evolution of new types of fraud, but they are widely criticized as unduly vague and as interfering with the operation of specific fraud statutes. Plant biologists’ successful alternatives to multi-site fungicides inform the discussion of alternative ways to combat fraud that avoid the problems associated with broad fraud statutes.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 27

Keywords: mail fraud, wire fraud, white collar crime, legislation

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Date posted: May 18, 2011 ; Last revised: December 14, 2011

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Couture, Wendy Gerwick and Gerwick, B. Clifford, The Evolutionary Biology of Fungi and Fraud (May 16, 2011). John Marshall Law Journal, Vol. V, p.85, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1843763

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Wendy Gerwick Couture (Contact Author)
University of Idaho College of Law ( email )
322 E. Front St.
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Boise, ID 83702
United States
208-364-4547 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.uidaho.edu/law/faculty/wendycouture
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