Except as otherwise provided by Act of Congress, an action, suit or proceeding for the enforcement of any civil fine, penalty, or forfeiture, pecuniary or otherwise, shall not be entertained unless commenced within five years from the date when the claim first accrued if, within the same period, the offender or the property is found within the United States in order that proper service may be made thereon.
28 U.S.C. § 2462
HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTESBased on title 28, U.S.C., 1940 ed., §791 (R.S. §1047). Changes were made in phraseology.