Fischer v. United States

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For the similarly named court case, see Fisher v. United States.

In Fischer v. United States, 529 U.S. 667 (2000), the U.S. Supreme Court upheld convictions for fraud perpetrated on organizations participating in the Medicare program based on a federal bribery statute that prohibits defrauding organizations which "receiv[e], in any one year period, benefits in excess of $ 10,000 under a Federal program." 18 U.S.C. ยง 666(b).

The Court held that the role and regulated status of hospitals as health care providers under the Medicare program meant that they receive "benefits" within the meaning of the statute, a finding necessary to affirm the convictions.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the opinion for the 7-2 Court, and Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a dissent joined by Justice Antonin Scalia.

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