Land Of The Debt Slave: Texas Man Arrested At Gunpoint For Not Paying $1500 Student Loan

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Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Laws are effective only to the extent they are enforced. A law on the books has little impact if prosecution is highly unlikely.


The failure to punish big corporations or their executives when they break the law undermines the foundations of this great country: If justice means a prison sentence for a teenager who steals a car, but it means nothing more than a sideways glance at a CEO who quietly engineers the theft of billions of dollars, then the promise of equal justice under the law has turned into a lie. The failure to prosecute big, visible crimes has a corrosive effect on the fabric of democracy and our shared belief that we are all equal in the eyes of the law.


Under the current approach to enforcement, corporate criminals routinely escape meaningful prosecution for their misconduct. This is so despite the fact that the law is unambiguous: if a corporation has violated the law, individuals within the corporation must also have violated the law. If the corporation is subject to charges of wrongdoing, so are those in the corporation who planned, authorized or took the actions. But even in cases of flagrant corporate law breaking, federal law enforcement agencies – and particularly the Department of Justice (DOJ) – rarely seek prosecution of individuals. In fact, federal agencies rarely pursue convictions of either large corporations or their executives in a court of law. Instead, they agree to criminal and civil settlements with corporations that rarely require any admission of wrongdoing and they let the executives go free without any individual accountability.


– From the post: Elizabeth Warren Releases Blistering Report on Corporate Criminality – Singles Out SEC Uselessness

What a cute little Banana Republic this America has become. Our government can’t put a single bank executive in jail for destroying the global economy, but when a mere peasant is caught not paying back his student debt, a team of U.S. Marshals arrive at his door to arrest him at gunpoint.

Land of the thief, home of the slave, indeed.

Fox26 reports:

Believe it or not, the US Marshals Service in Houston is arresting people for not paying their outstanding federal student loans.

Paul Aker says he was arrested at his home last week for a $1500 federal student loan he received in 1987.

He says seven deputy US Marshals showed up at his home with guns and took him to federal court where he had to sign a payment plan for the 29-year-old school loan.


Congressman Gene Green says the federal government is now using private debt collectors to go after those who owe student loans.


Green says as a result, those attorneys and debt collectors 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.


Our reliable source with the US Marshal in Houston say Aker isn’t the first and won’t be the last.


They have to serve anywhere from 1200 to 1500 warrants to people who have failed to pay their federal student loans.

Now here’s the most absurd part. Yahoo notes that:

Unfortunately, it looks like it was a lapse in communication that landed Aker in handcuffs (to be clear, he did not spend time in jail — he was escorted by Marshals to court). And, to add insult to injury, he was ordered to pay more than $1,200 in fees back to the U.S. Marshals service for the cost of arresting him. 

Yes, Federal US Marshals spent $1,200 arresting a guy for $1,500 in debt. Brilliant use of taxpayer funds. Yet somehow they still can’t find a single bank executive who did anything wrong.

Watch the following clip for more information:

Thanks for playin’ America.

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peddling-fiction's picture

It looks like he is being pressured for other reasons.

They found an excuse to harrass him.

That is a small amount of debt.

Maybe his ZH posts pissed-off somebody.

Sanity Bear's picture

"Show me the man, and I'll show you the crime."

Dorkface's picture

Listened to an interview with this guy earlier today. What a great fucking use of our law enforcement officials. I mean seriously ffs...

cheka's picture

gene green quoted on this?!


that jewel is from the sheila jackson lee wing of the dim party

this story reads like a burnee campaign ad


guy was arrested for a 3 year old failure to appear.  the others are same same

cheka's picture


US Marshals say man wasn't just arrested because he didn't pay student loans

Dorkface's picture

That was covered in the interview, and it turned out to be a lark.

Maybe he was the central figure in the U.S. mortgage fraud? Then arrest his ass!

BobPaulson's picture

I'm long CCA if they are expanding into debtor prisons. Buy that stock with both hands boys.

Dorkface's picture

Selling a boat load of put options right now. Long educational turpitude!

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Am I the only one here who sees the humor in this?

Dorkface's picture

No, but you might be the second...

Soul Glow's picture

So everyone knows....

It is the banks liability, not the person who took the loan.

The bank should understand when they make a loan the counterparty risk.  If someone fails to pay, they get their credit junked etc, but there is no lawful jurisprudence to make him pay.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

True.  Then, enters the federal gubmint and the moral hazzard of them (eh hem, the tax payers) securing student loan and enforcing it through tax laws (i.e. the IRS can and do collect on unpaid student loans)

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Its only $1500??  So is that what he borrowed back then?  Or did he owe like $100 back then and its grown to $1500 today?  They charge interest you know, and back then it was much higher than it was today.  They hand out loans today and the kids all think, I don't have to make a payment until after I graduate, not realizing that the interest is accruing on their loan the whole time they are in school.  So the balance they owe grows while they are drinking and having sex.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Oh, those poor, poor partying frolickers.  I wish I could be one of them again!

Stuck on Zero's picture

So what happens if a state, say Texas, declares that all debts payable to NYC banks are null and void?

jcaz's picture

Please- the funniest part of this is Tyrone trying to look like he's surprised about all of this...

Tyrone has been running a scam, pissed off the wrong people, and they found a way to get to him-  pure and simple.

1st rule of crime, Tyrone- pay yo' bills,  don't give Whitey an excuse.....

garcam123's picture

me 2 but ya left out the smokin pot diddilin wif womin!  Hell hows gonna be living wifout ass and good smoke...uck a bunch of of Amerika wifout good smoke and fine ass!  Fuck a bunch of goverment who don't allow weed an ass!  I'm agin it! Play that old fiddle, Reb! Yankees are comin and we need a song to die fer!




Dorkface's picture

The most cunning road to serfdom is to enslave someone through debt early in their lives. Or something like that...

edit: TYT is covering this story live right now...sorry, it's least Ana K is kinda hot...

garcam123's picture

 Kinda don;'t work farmboy, she's a full on scorcher, wif brains and scorchin fine.....Love o find my way into her underware!  yA FINE THING!  sMART TO FUCKIN BOOT, BUT CAN SHE MAKE BREAKFAST? i'D LOVE TO FIND OUT!


Offthebeach's picture

if he was a dreamer, or a muslim, he'd be in the clear.

Nutsack's picture
Nutsack (not verified) Soul Glow Feb 17, 2016 7:32 PM


MagicHandPuppet's picture

but but but.... "reneging on student loan debt is a 'right'!" (/sarc)

JLee2027's picture

They cannot arrest you for debt, so they arrest you when you fail to come to court to explain why you never paid them back. It's a bully end-run around Constitutional Rights against debtors prison.


He should have told them to pound sand when they required him to sign a payment plan. Now, the payment plan gets you into more legal trouble, allowing them to arrest you for violating it.



JuliaS's picture

Likewise with the income tax. Supposedly it's voluntary and you're only obliged to pay if you declare income... however failure to declare is a considered a crime. So on paper failure to pay is not a criminal offense per se, yet the result is the same as if it were.

Jack's Raging Bile Duct's picture

I wonder if you could challenge it on the grounds of the 1st Amendment. Forcing someone to disclose something is forcing them to communicate or put something "to press". Likewise, failure to file could be protected against via the 5th Amendment under the auspices that you forgot to file (again), and didn't want to incriminate yourself by filing late.

Trial by jury mother fucker. It's difficult to freeze your assets when you live outside of the banking cartel.

JuliaS's picture

That's why every year following 2008, record number of American had been renouncing their citizenship. To escape the IRS.

Low IQ fan of VVP's picture

Trump will assign them all to the Mexican border and have them stacked up as his wall while getting Mexico to pay for their SNAP and other welfare benefits. I mean who wants inorganic walls--no one will cry for it if it get a few bullet holes in them; but a human wall of Patriotic American willing to stand between "smelly drugged savages" and the "exceptional nation" while getting shot at and raped by them? That ought to get the nation riled up all the time right?


City_Of_Champyinz's picture

This story has been completely debunked, I cannot believe all the facts the author left out of this piece  He was sued over the loan, he was notified mulitiple times, & missed all the court dates.  He even stated to a law enforcement officer/court employee (I cannot remember) that the would never go to court over this issue.  Eventually, after many years, an arrest warrant was issued BECAUSE HE SKIPPED COURT.  Not because of the student loans he took out using his own free will, nobody had a gun to his head when he signed the loan documents, he was arrested for skipping court, that is it.  The reason so many heavily armed marshalls showed up is the simple fact that he claimed he had a gun and would not be taken alive when the first officers attempted to serve the warrant.  They called for backup, and the guy refused to surrender for several hours.

See what happens to you when you ignore your court dates.  A judge will issue a warrant, and you will be arrested, just like this clown.  In fact, he spent not one second in jail, he was taken to the court house and released almost immediately.

JLee2027's picture

Oh stop, thats how it works, been there, done that (in jail 5 times for contempt). They keep harrassing you, and demanding you show up in court and basically, want you to lie and won't let you leave until you pay them. So you stop showing up, because it's a trap. When you don't show up, they send goons to arrest you.


So it hasn't been debunked.  It is 1000% percent about paying them back and using force if need be.

GernB's picture

Good thing the federal government holds the loans now, since we did away with banks holding them. So now instead of pesky loan collection people hirred by a bank we can send armed police. Much better.

RafterManFMJ's picture

Within 5 years they'll be billing your family for the cost of the bullet they put in the back of your head.

How far we've come as a nation.

turnoffthewater's picture

Within 5 years the American people will put a bullet in the back of the head of a banker or FED official, for free!!
There fixed it for you

Durrmockracy's picture
Durrmockracy (not verified) peddling-fiction Feb 17, 2016 6:45 PM

A digital-only world will make it easier for our boys in blue to hunt down low-life losers like Mr. Aker and force them to pay, pay out their asses.  He should be charged interest too!  Not the NIRP interest either but the old PIRP kind!

Ms No's picture

They wont be able to cross the border either.

Durrmockracy's picture
Durrmockracy (not verified) Mr Pink Feb 17, 2016 7:02 PM

Why don't you get lost?  I was trolling this site when you were still shopping for bags with your dad in Baghdad at Bagmart.

Mr Pink's picture

5 whole weeks....go back to Yahoo fuck head

Durrmockracy's picture
Durrmockracy (not verified) Mr Pink Feb 17, 2016 7:19 PM

I've been here for over 5 years fuck head.  It's not my responsibility that I get banned all teh time.

detached.amusement's picture

then whose is it, fuckhead?  nobody else's fault?  *facepalm*

Huckleberry Pie's picture

@Durrmockracy Boys in blue? A Constable serves notices to appear...this guy had a SWAT team in tactical gear show up, for a tiny student loan debt. He should absolutely repay the loan, with interest, but this is over-the-top, tyranny.

Durrmockracy's picture
Durrmockracy (not verified) Huckleberry Pie Feb 17, 2016 7:28 PM

I'll be the first to admit that our government is dangerous and out of control.  But death by cop is not unusual for Class of '87 loan hold-outs.  Plus, I don't feel it's fair to hold me accountable for the verbal diarrhea that comes out of muh keyboard onto the interwebs...

Huckleberry Pie's picture

Make your keyboard stand in the corner for an hour:)

Durrmockracy's picture
Durrmockracy (not verified) Huckleberry Pie Feb 17, 2016 7:37 PM

I tried but he's a lazy bugger always sittin' around on his ASCII...

Huckleberry Pie's picture

Make your keyboard stand in the corner for an hour:)

City_Of_Champyinz's picture

Huck, you should read several sources about this guy as this story left out tons of info.

Info like the simple fact that he told the first officers on the scene that he had a gun and was not leaving his house under any circumstances.  They called for backup, just every other cop in the country would do in any armed standoff...

East Indian's picture

A digital- only world will be a dreamland for the hordes of Russian and Chinese hackers. Already we hear of billion - dollar heists...

Pheonyte's picture

There's more to the story:

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, agents had made several attempts to serve Aker an order to appear in federal court, dating to 2012.

“Marshals spoke with Aker by phone and requested he appear in court, but Aker refused,” the U.S. Marshals Service said in a statement. “A federal judge then issued a warrant for Aker’s arrest for failing to appear at a December 14, 2012, hearing.”

After years of trying to serve Aker at various addresses, agents caught up with him on Thursday, according to the agency. Marshals claim that two deputies attempted to arrest him, but Aker resisted, retreated to his home and told the deputies he had a gun.

“After Aker made the statement that he was armed … the deputies requested additional law enforcement assistance,” the Marshals Service said. “After approximately two hours, officers convinced Aker to peacefully exit his home, and he was arrested without further incident.”

Granted, that's the U.S. Marshals' take, and we know what they did at Ruby Ridge. Nevertheless, Krieger should at least have given their side of the story.

carlnpa's picture

The root of this was the student loan being turned over to a collection agency.  

The collection agency can do whatever the hell they want to you with a pliant judge.

The new poor mans debtors prison.



Sorry_about_Dresden's picture

One is not required to appear in court on civil matters.

If this were so I would have locked up many past tenants for failure to pay rent. I get summary judgement instead,