(a) Under the direction of the Secretary of the Treasury, the United States Secret Service is authorized to protect the following persons:
The protection authorized in paragraphs (2) through (7) may be declined.
(b) Under the direction of the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secret Service is authorized to detect and arrest any person who violates-
(A) execute warrants issued under the laws of the United States
(B) carry firearms,
(C) make arrests without warrant for any offense against the United States committed in their presence, or for any felony cognizable under the laws of the United States if they have reasonable grounds to believe that the person to be arrested has committed or is committing such felony;
(D) offer and pay rewards for services and information leading to the apprehension of persons involved in the violation or potential violation of those provisions of law which the Secret Service is authorized to enforce
(E) pay expenses for unforeseen emergencies of a confidential nature under the direction of the Secretary of the Treasury and accounted for solely on the Secretary's certificate; and
(F) perform such other functions and duties as are authorized by law.
(d) Whoever knowingly and willfully obstructs, resists, or interferes with a Federal law enforcement agent engaged in the performance of the protective functions authorized by this section or by section 1752 of this title shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
(As amended Nov. 14, 1983, Pub. L. 98-151, Sec. 115(b), 97 Stat. 977, Oct. 30, 1984, Pub. L 98-587, § l(a), 98 Stat. 3110.)
Section 216 of this title, referred to in subsec. (b)(1), 7 was repealed by Pub. L. 98-473. title II, Sec. 1107(b), Oct. 12,1984,98 Stat. 2146.
1984--Pub. L. 98-587 amended section generally, pro viding authority for the Secret Service to conduct criminal investigations of, make arrests in, and present for prosecutorial consideration, cases relating to electronic fund transfer frauds, and providing the Secret Service with authority to conduct investigations and make arrests relating to credit and debit card frauds, and false identification documents and devices, to be exercised subject to the agreement of the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury.
1983--Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 98-151 added reference to section 510 of this section in fifth clause.