Report: Dept. Of Education Raids Calif. Home Over Student Loan Debt

SACRAMENTO (CBS) — A Northern California man with no criminal record said he was dragged by a group of federal and local law enforcement officials onto his front lawn in his boxer shorts and detained for six hours over his estranged wife’s defaulted student loans, it was reported Wednesday.

Kenneth Wright told a local ABC affiliate in Stockton that he had “no idea” why over a dozen S.W.A.T. officers broke down his door at 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

Wright said the officers tackled him in his front yard, handcuffed him, and put him in a patrol car.

Officers then reportedly woke Wright’s three children ages 3, 7, and 11 and put them in the back of a police patrol car before the agents searched the home, Wright said.

He later contacted both the mayor and the Stockton police department, but was told neither was responsible for the raid: the U.S. Department of Education had issued the search warrant over his wife’s defaulted student loans.

While the Dept. of Education refused comment to reporters, a spokesman has confirmed the department did issue a warrant for Wright.

However, the department told the raid was linked to a criminal investigation and not the student loan default.

  • ES

    Pay your student loan people!

    • Saber 1

      Why don’t they go after criminals like ILLEGAL ALIENS and sex offenders in the same way they did this guy? Oh, he’s a citizen so he won’t claim racism.

  • Brian

    Sue them for excessive force false arrest and bankrupt the gov

  • Sad

    That is scary!

    Do you guys realize that undergrad and grad can cost someone upwards of 100,000 in student loan debt . . . none of which can be claimed for bankruptcy.

    When you come upon hard times, it is easy to default on such a big debt.

  • dqfv

    At least he was able to snap a quick photo of their boots and email it off while he was on the ground. Nice work, Mr. Wright!

    • Jeff

      I noticed the same thing. This man should be a photographic journalist. How he was able to get the shot of the SWAT team’s boots is beyond me. He was handcuffed, so i’m assuming he used his mouth and toes to take the pic. If I had a newspaper or online news site I’d definitely hire this guy.

      • EFWF

        Agreed, Jeff. These images that CBS2 is able to get are simply amazing. Gosh, if I didn’t know better I’d say it was just a bunch of made up fluff that has nothing to do with the article. Hail, news media!

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