Skilling and the Pursuit of Health Care Fraud
Joan H. Krause
University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law
August 15, 2011
University of Miami Law Review, Vol. 66, No. 2, Winter 2012
UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1926916
In the summer of 2010, the Supreme Court used the case of former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling to announce significant limits on the reach of the intangible rights/honest services theory of mail and wire fraud. In rejecting Skilling’s vagueness challenge to the honest services wire fraud theory underlying his conspiracy conviction, the Court read the statute in a very narrow way that focuses such prosecutions squarely on bribery and kickbacks - activities that turn out to have particular salience in health care. As a result, while Skilling is widely considered to have narrowed the scope of honest services fraud overall, it may turn out to have the paradoxical effect of inviting additional prosecutions of physicians and others in the health care industry.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 30
Keywords: Health care fraud, honest services, intangible rights, mail fraud, wire fraud
Date posted: September 13, 2011 ; Last revised: March 10, 2012
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