Debtors Prison: Man Arrested by U.S. Marshals for $1,500 Unpaid Student Loan


Texas man arrested by U.S. Marshals for not paying his $1,500 federal student loan

Paul Aker was arrested at his home and later brought before a judge to sign a payment plan for a loan he said he borrowed in 1987.

“I was unaware of any outstanding debt,” Aker told CNNMoney on Tuesday. “I paid two other student loans and thought I had consolidated everything and paid it all off.”

The U.S. Marshals Service made several attempts to serve Aker with a court order requesting that he appear in federal court and searched numerous known addresses, the agency said in a statement. The Marshals Service said it spoke with him by phone in 2012 requesting he appear in court, but he refused.

Aker told CNNMoney that he does not remember having that conversation, and said that he hasn’t received any notification about the outstanding loan in a long time.

A judge issued a warrant for his arrest in December of 2012 after he failed to appear in court, the Marshals Service said.

On Friday, Aker was approached by two Marshals outside of his home when he went to check his mail. Things quickly escalated when they attempted to arrest him.

“I went inside to get my gun because I didn’t know who these guys were…”

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3 Responses to “Debtors Prison: Man Arrested by U.S. Marshals for $1,500 Unpaid Student Loan”
  1. Leo Satterfield says:

    “Lead us not into temptation…” Sure sounds like a lot of drama and overkill to me. Lucky this poor guy didn’t get shot or beaten-up. Unbelievable. How about debt forgiveness if it goes this long (30 years, was it?). Our government is totally whack. Fail.

  2. Sylvia says:

    7 US Marshals and other law enforcement to arrest someone with a 30 year old loan? And we don’t have enough marshals to arrest fugitives and protect us from terrorists but multiple ones are sent to arrest someone with just an outstanding debt? What is going on here?

  3. Joe la costa says:

    Yvanova decided

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