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…”