Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 106 Part 2.djvu/900

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106 STAT. 1780 PUBLIC LAW 102-393—OCT. 6, 1992 "(i) liens for freight, charges, and contributions in general average, notice of which has been filed with the appropriate Customs officer according to law; and "(ii) subject to the discretion of the Secretary, other valid liens and mortgages against property that has been forfeited pursuant to any law enforced or administered by a Department of the Treasury law enforcement organization. To determine the validity of any such lien or mortgage, the amount of payment to be made, and to carry out the functions described in this subparagraph, the Secretary may employ and compensate attorneys and other personnel skilled in State real estate law. "(E) Payment of amounts authorized by law with respect to remission and mitigation. "(F) Payment of claims of parties in interest to property disposed of under section 612(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1612(b)), in the amounts applicable to such claims at the time of seizure. "(G) Equitable sharing payments made to other Federal agencies. State and local law enforcement agencies, and foreign countries pursuant to section 616(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1616a(c)), section 981 of title 18, or subsection (h) of this section, and all costs related thereto. "(H) Pajonent for services of experts and consultants needed -. ._ by a Department of the Treasury law enforcement organization to carry out the organization's duties relating to seizure and forfeiture. "(2) At the discretion of the Secretary— "(A) payment of awards for information or assistance leading to a civil or criminal forfeiture involving any Department of the Treasury law enforcement organization participating in the Fund; "(B) purchases ofevidence or information by— "(i) a Department of the Treasury law enforcement organization with respect to— "(I) a violation of section 1956 or 1957 of title 18 (relating to money laundering); or "(II) a law, the violation of which may subject property to forfeiture under section 981 or 982 ' of title 18; "(ii) the United States Customs Service with respect to drug smuggling or a violation of section 542 or 545 of title 18 (relating to fraudulent customs invoices or smuggling); "(iii) the United States Secret Service with respect to a violation of— "(I) section 1028, 1029, or 1030 or title 18; "(II) any law of the United States relating to coins, obligations, or securities of the United States or of a foreign government; or "(III) any law of the United States which the United States Secret Service is authorized to enforce relating to fraud or other criminal or imlawful activity in or against any federally ,.. insured financial institution, the Resolution Trust Corporation, or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation;