Is there a statue of limitations on bank fraud?

UPDATED: Aug 2, 2011

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Is there a statue of limitations on bank fraud?

If someone worked at a bank and printed out bank information on the customers and used it to withdraw money from several accounts via the ATM, what is the statue of limitations for something like that. What is the officail name for that kind of crime? If it was 12 years ago, could that person still get in trouble for it?

Asked on August 2, 2011 Oregon


G.J., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

In Oregon, the statute of limitations for a potential felony such as this would require the state to begin prosecuting within three years after the crime was committed.  Additional time may be added if the offense involves fraud or the breach of a fiduciary duty (as this one would) to allow the victims to discover the commission of the offense, but no more than three years can be added to the general statute of limitations.

So, totalling those two three year periods gives us a six year year statute of limitations.  If these events occurred 12 years ago in Oregon, a person should not be able to be prosecuted for them.

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