Where is a point of reference that I can read for exact clarification on these statue of limitation time frames? I am trying to figure out the statue of limitation that the Federal government (prosecutor) has in order to bring criminal charges for crimes such as (tax fraud, and securities fraud). I am curious for informational/educational purposes.
18 U.S.C. 3282
Have you ever heard of scenarios that have resulted in cases sitting at the U.S. Attorneys office for 5 years and the statute of limitations running out on the ability of prosecutors to bring criminal charges against a target of a criminal investigation? It has been 3 years here since the crime took place and 3 years since the investigation.
Given the time that has elapsed, it is most likely the U.S. Attorney does not intend to prosecute the case. If he does intend to prosecute, he would not let the case sit until the statute of limitations expires.