Armed US Marshals Begin Rounding Up Citizens Who Default On Student Loans

  • by: Alan Duke

What Happened to a Houston, Texas, man recently is apparently about to happen to hundreds of other Americans who defaulted on federal student loans decades ago: Armed U.S. marshals are coming to their homes to take them to court.

Paul Aker says seven federal agents, wearing combat gear, surrounded his home and took him into custody. Aker claims he received no warning about his $1,500 student loan debt, which dates back to the 1980s. He was taken in handcuffs and shackles to a federal courthouse where he was brought, without a lawyer, in front of a judge.

The use of federal agents by private debt collectors was authorized by Congress, U.S. Rep. Gene Green said.

The Houston ABC-TV affiliate reports that the U.S. attorney in that city has a list of about 1,500 people set for arrest.

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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