You know all of those things you would rather do than pay your student loans? Well, unless one of them is have your house stormed by U.S. Marshals, you should probably keep up with your payments.
On Thursday, seven U.S. Marshals dressed in combat gear and armed with automatic weapons arrived at the door of Houston resident Paul Aker and forced him to the ground. Aker was then taken to the federal building in downtown Houston and brought before a judge. His crime? Not paying back a $1,500 student loan he received in 1987 at Prairie View A&M University.
Aker says he was never read his rights during the ordeal nor did he get a notice about the loan’s delinquency leading up the Marshals’ visit. Instead of the original amount of the loan, he now owes $5,700 by March 1st – including interest (obviously) and the cost of his own arrest. If he doesn’t pay that amount by that date, he’ll be rearrested.
Apparently, this case is not unusual – according to Fox 26 in Houston, “Congressman Gene Green says the federal government is now using private debt collectors to go after those who owe student loans. Green says, as a result, those attorneys and debt collectors are getting judgments in federal court and asking judges to use the US Marshals Service to arrest those who have failed to pay their federal student loans.” One source told the channel that Marshals serve between 1200-1500 of these warrants a year.
Um…I think I’ll just write the check and maybe forgo that massage this weekend. It’s better than getting an unwanted rubdown from an inmate named Bubba, right? .
[via FOX 26]