You may want to go make sure your federal government student loans are in good order right now. That's because, as a Stockton, CA mean just learned, the federal government will bust down your door to get its money. Or even the door of your estranged spouse.
Kenneth Wright was home with his three children early Tuesday morning. He hadn't even gotten dressed for the day yet, and was still in his boxers. That's when he looked outside and got a surprise.
"I look out of my window and I see 15 police officers," Wright told News10. Then, the SWAT team busted down his door, allegedly grabbed him by the neck and put him in a police car for six hours, and even roused his children (ages 3,7, and 11) out of bed.
But there's just one problem. The police weren't after Wright. They were after his estranged wife. Not surprisingly, they didn't find her:
To add insult to injury, officers put a large, clunky board over the hole they created in the door and said it was fixed.
"The hole is the least of my worries," Wright said.
News10 has more:
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.
The Office of the Inspector General has a law enforcement branch of federal agents that carry out search warrants and investigations.
Stockton Police Department said it was asked by federal agents to provide one officer and one patrol car just for a police presence when carrying out the search warrant.
Stockton police did not participate in breaking Wright's door, handcuffing him, or searching his home.