Nos. 06-1187, 06-1423, 06-1444.

487 F.3d 8 (2007)

UNITED STATES, Plaintiff, Appellee/Cross-Appellant, v. UNION BANK FOR SAVINGS & INVESTMENT (JORDAN), Claimant, Appellant/Cross-Appellee, Reuven Krauzer, Claimant, Appellant, The Bank of New York by the Union Bank for Savings and Investments Jordan, Funds on Deposit in Account No. 8900057173 up to the Value of $2,343,905.33, et al., Defendants-In-Rem.

United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit.

Decided May 18, 2007.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Jeffrey C. Spear, with whom Martha Van Oot and Orr & Reno, P.A. were on brief, for appellant Union Bank for Savings & Investment (Jordan).

Christopher H.M. Carter, with whom Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, LLP was on brief, for appellant Reuven Krauzer.

Gretchen Leah Witt, Assistant United States Attorney, with whom Jean B. Weld, Assistant United States Attorney, and Thomas P. Colantuono, United States Attorney, were on brief, for appellee.

Before BOUDIN, Chief Judge, LYNCH and LIPEZ, Circuit Judges.

LYNCH, Circuit Judge.

This case raises a novel issue of the proper construction of 18 U.S.C. § 981(k), a civil forfeiture provision concerned with interbank accounts of foreign banks, which was added as part of the USA PATRIOT Act, Pub.L. No. 107-56, § 319(a), 115 Stat. 272, 311-12 (2001).

Section 981(k) provides for the forfeiture of amounts in interbank accounts held by a foreign bank at banks in the United...

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