The US Marshals Service in Houston, TX is arresting people for not paying their outstanding federal student loans.
Paul Aker says he was arrested at his home last week for a $1,500 past due federal student loan he received in 1987.
According to Mr. Aker, seven US Marshals showed up at his home with guns drawn and took him to jail. After being locked up for about an hour, he was then taken to federal court where he had to sign a payment plan for the 29-year-old school loan.
Congressman Gene Green told Fox 26 News that the federal government is now using private debt collectors to go after those who owe student loans.
Green says as a result, they’re attorneys and debt collectors who are getting judgements in federal court and asking judges to use the US Marshals Service to arrest those who have failed to pay their federal student loans.
Aker isn’t the only one being arrested for an outstanding student loan. In Houston alone, they’re 1,500 people who have been issued warrants for unpaid balances.