If you’re still paying your student debt off, beware — U.S. Marshals are now arresting people who fail to pay their federal student debts.
Paul Aker told Fox26 Houston how seven US Marshals in full combat gear arrested him at his home over a $1,500 federal student loan he received in 1987 which has been accruing interest for nearly 30 years. Aker told Fox when the Marshals came to his door armed with assault rifles:
“I was wondering, why are you here? I haven’t done anything wrong.”
Aker had reportedly not been notified at all of his warrant before his arrest.
The U.S. Marshals took Aker to a federal court where he was jailed for an hour before he had to sign a payment plan for the $1,500.
According to Democratic Texas Congressman Gene Green, the federal government is now using private debt collectors to hunt people with unpaid student loans and asking judges to utilize the US Marshals Service to arrest indebted individuals.
The US Marshal service in Houston has so far served between 1,200 to 1,500 warrants to people who have failed to pay their student loans.