DOJ Using WWII-Era Act to Extend Statutes of Limitations

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Justice Department has invoked the 1948 Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act (the “WSLA”) in an effort to aggressively extend and suspend statutes of limitations in alleged financial crimes.

Pursuant to the WSLA, “[w]hen the United States is at war…. the running of any statute of limitations applicable to any offense involving fraud … against the United States … shall be suspended until 5 years after the termination of hostilities. 18 U.S.C. § 3287(c).

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