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Crockett Jr. writes: "If you are behind on your student loans and live in Houston, you could be arrested. That's right, the U.S. Marshals Service in Houston is arresting people who have outstanding, unpaid federal student loan debt. Houston resident Paul Aker told Fox 26 that seven deputy U.S. marshals showed up at his home with guns over a $1,500 federal student loan he took out in 1987. He says he was taken to federal court where he signed a payment plan to repay the 29-year-old debt."

Paul Aker was arrested by U.S. Marshals for student loan debt. (photo: Fox 26)
Paul Aker was arrested by U.S. Marshals for student loan debt. (photo: Fox 26)


US Marshals Are Arresting People Who Are Behind on Student Loans

By Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root

16 February 16

 

Houston resident Paul Aker says seven armed U.S. marshals took him from his home for failing to repay a $1,500 federal student loan he took out in 1987.

f you are behind on your student loans and live in Houston, you could be arrested.

That's right, the U.S. Marshals Service in Houston is arresting people who have outstanding, unpaid federal student loan debt.

Houston resident Paul Aker told Fox 26 that seven deputy U.S. marshals showed up at his home with guns over a $1,500 federal student loan he took out in 1987. He says he was taken to federal court where he signed a payment plan to repay the 29-year-old debt.

Rep. Gene Green told the news station that "the federal government is now using private debt collectors to go after those who owe student loans."

Green added that as debt collectors get judgments in federal court, U.S. marshals are being asked to arrest those who have failed to pay their federal student loans.

According to Fox 26, a source with the U.S. Marshals Service in Houston said marshals may serve "anywhere from 1,200 to 1,500 warrants to people who have failed to pay their federal student loans."

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+28 # Crebbafrabitz 2016-02-16 16:08
Fascism at its finest! Anymore doubts??? SEVEN MARSHAL'S for one older man!!!
 
 
+16 # Caliban 2016-02-16 23:37
Fascism? Uselessness is more like it. Clearly the Marshals don't have much to do now the "Old West" is over.

Anyone need more crossing guards?
 
 
+7 # MsAnnaNOLA 2016-02-17 12:03
Not a single banker in Jail for fraud yet! Fascism for sure. Corporate + State Power = Fascism.
 
 
+19 # Nominae 2016-02-16 23:42
Because, of course, that's why taxpayers FUND the U.S. Marshal's Service in the FIRST place - to serve as penny-ante bagmen for sleazeball bankers.

So much for an expensive and extensively trained Marshal's Service whose function *used* to be tracking down and apprehending no-kidding *dangerous* and high value criminal fugitives that often no other agency could even find.

The Marshals must be busting their buttons with pride to be chasing down nickel-dime delinquent Student Loans from 29 years ago on behalf of these
greed-addled predatory lending outfits.
 
 
+6 # RLF 2016-02-17 06:02
This is the case with all law enforcement. They have become revenue collectors. That is what the Justice Dept found in St. Louis last summer...now the feds are getting into it. They don't want to miss out on more doe. This judge should be ashamed of himself.
 
 
+14 # Archie1954 2016-02-16 23:55
This government action is blatant blackmail at the point of a gun! I'm very surprised that a judge would be part of this shakedown.
 
 
+18 # CarolynScarr 2016-02-16 23:56
Anyone look at the photo? I would like someone to tally how many people of color are getting this treatment as compared with white people.
 
 
+4 # backwards_cinderella 2016-02-17 03:55
THANK YOU.
 
 
-5 # Underledge 2016-02-17 06:44
The man can't or couldn't pay off a $1,500 loan he took out 29 years ago? It would seem he was quite a bit more than being "behind" on his loan.
 
 
+6 # Anne Frank 2016-02-17 10:50
It's called "free enterprise." Congress subsidizes banks and bill collectors by legislating "guaranteed student loans." Students take out loans at exorbitant interest; bill collectors make fat profits from students who pay the loans; and federal marshalls, salaries paid by taxpayers, enforce payment by students who don't. Banks and bill collectors buy more politicians. Taxpayers channel more tax money to enrichment of banks and bill collectors. This is only one example of how U.S. free enterprise works.
 
 
+5 # Buddha 2016-02-17 11:41
Of course, if we properly subsidized higher education like we used to, and like most of the developed world continues to do, people wouldn't NEED student loans to get a bachelor's degree. Not subsidizing higher education is a policy the rich love (because it means they keep their taxes low), Wall St. loves (because they make money on selling on the loan to the Federal government) and our Federal Government loves because it generates actual annual revenue from the interest on these loans, making it an effective tax for getting an education.
 
 
+2 # nancyw 2016-02-17 13:28
Pay up or debtors prison. So obnoxious.
 

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