In case you missed it, the Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in Dubin v. United States, No. 22-10, which presents the question whether a person commits aggravated identity theft any time he or she mentions or otherwise recites someone else’s name while committing a predicate offense.
David Dubin was convicted of Medicaid fraud. As the case arrives at the Supreme Court, he is challenging a separate conviction under a federal law (18 U.S.C. § 1028A(a)(1)) that makes it a crime to use another person’s “means of identification” during and in relation to certain other crimes, including healthcare fraud. Federal prosecutors contend that Dubin’s use of his patient’s name on a false Medicaid claim violated the statute, adding an extra two years to his one-year sentence for fraud.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld Dubin’s conviction and sentence, and on rehearing a divided full court affirmed that decision.
On November 10, 2022, the Justices agreed to take up the case, which will likely be argued sometime early next year.