Pay your loans or go to jail

Sending a SWAT team over a student loan? Overkill much?

STOCKTON, CA – Kenneth Wright does not have a criminal record and he had no reason to believe a S.W.A.T team would be breaking down his door at 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

“I look out of my window and I see 15 police officers,” Wright said.

Wright came downstairs in his boxer shorts as a S.W.A.T team barged through his front door. Wright said an officer grabbed him by the neck and led him outside on his front lawn.

“He had his knee on my back and I had no idea why they were there,” Wright said.

According to Wright, officers also woke his three young children ages 3, 7, and 11 and put them in a Stockton police patrol car with him. Officers then searched his house.

As it turned out, the person law enforcement was looking for was not there – Wright’s estranged wife.

“They put me in handcuffs in that hot patrol car for six hours, traumatizing my kids,” Wright said.

Wright said he later went to the mayor and Stockton Police Department, but the City of Stockton had nothing to do with Wright’s search warrant.

The U.S. Department of Education issued the search and called in the S.W.A.T for his wife’s defaulted student loans.

“They busted down my door for this,” Wright said. “It wasn’t even me.”

According to the Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General, the case can’t be discussed publicly until it is closed, but a spokesperson did confirm that the department did issue the search warrant at Wright’s home.

3 thoughts on “Pay your loans or go to jail

  1. Interesting – the article has been scrubbed off the website. All that remains is an article link, if you search for it at their website.

  2. This is our current administration on Neolib Corporatist steroids:

    Wednesday morning, inspector general spokeswoman Gina Burress provided the following statement:

    “The Office of Inspector General does not engage in the collection of student loans. Our mission is to conduct criminal investigations related to the programs and operations of the U.S. Department of Education, which include the student financial aid programs. We can confirm that we executed a search warrant at the residence, however our policy is not to discuss details of our on-going work.”

    The Office of the Inspector General has a law enforcement branch of federal agents that carry out search warrants and investigations.

    All came from Arne Duncan and Obama’s Dept. Education, with muscle from the Office of the Inspector General — money is apparently really tight…or some officials are really, really gung ho on collections. Maybe into some heavy intimidation.

    WTF is going on with our ostensibly Democratic officials? Is it the Corporatist bent of their econ/political leanings that these Neolibs are using tactics right out of the worst nightmares of our 20th Century history? Naming the political group would result in a Godwin’s law violation, but, geez, got your totalitarianism mojo going much, Arne? Barry?

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