WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court yesterday ruled that “honest services” fraud — a criminal statute that has been used to prosecute wrongdoing in the municipal market — is limited to bribery and kickback schemes.

The majority of the justices reached that conclusion in a 51-page opinion in Jeffrey K. Skilling v. United States that vacated the honest-services wire fraud charges against former Enron Corp. chief executive officer Jeffrey Skilling because he was not accused of making bribes or taking kickbacks.

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