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Immigrant says US agents seized life savings at airport

By JOHN SEEWER
Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - An Albanian immigrant says in a lawsuit that U.S. agents seized his life savings at an airport last year and the government is refusing to return the $58,000 even though he faces no charges.

Attorneys for the 64-year-old U.S. citizen who lives in suburban Cleveland say he was strip-searched while trying to fly back to Albania.

Their lawsuit says federal law required the U.S. Customs and Border Protection either to return the money or start legal proceedings more than a month ago.

The agency says it can't comment on the lawsuit. It sent notice after the seizure saying the money was involved in illegal activity.

But no charges have been filed. The man's attorneys deny there was anything illegal. They say the case highlights problems with the government's forfeitures policy.

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