WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Court of Appeals Friday overturned the conviction of former Paine-Webber Inc., vice president Lance Wilson for providing a federal official with an illegal gratuity.

A three-judge panel said it reversed Wilson's January 1993 conviction by a U.S. District Court jury here because his January 1992 indictment for providing an expense-paid theater trip to New York for Dubois Gilliam and his wife in September 1986 fell beyond the five-year statute of limitations for the prosecution of such crimes.

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