Skilling Ruling Dooms Hospital Bribery Case: Contractor

Law360, New York (April 18, 2011, 6:17 PM EDT) -- A contractor sought to beat charges Friday in New York that he paid kickbacks to New York Presbyterian Hospital administrators, arguing his actions no longer constituted a federal offense since the U.S. Supreme Court limited the honest services fraud statute.

Michael Yaron, who allegedly received more than $42 million in NYPH contracts, claimed prosecutors failed to allege that he forged a quid pro quo with hospital administrators, or that his payments fit the strict definition of a kickback — both requirements under the high court’s ruling...
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