Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Now We Know Why Dept Of Education Bought Those Shotguns (Updated)

Last spring there was a story going around the blogs concerning a solicitation to buy from the U.S. Department of Education for 27 short barrel shotguns.

Now we know what they planned to do with them. They went to their SWAT Teams for use in collecting student loans. Unfortunately, this isn't a joke as this story from Stockton, California illustrates. (The Department of Education is now saying it wasn't about student loans but may have involved fraud or bribery in connection with student loans.)




According to the story from Sacremento's KXTV News10 ABC, the Department of Education did issue the search warrant and authorized the SWAT team due to defaulted student loans held by Mr. Wright's estranged wife who no longer lived with him or their children.

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.

H/T WizardPC 

UPDATE: Links to the embedded video on KXTV are down. I'm not sure why but I have sent an email to KXTV's news desk asking about the reason. This has been a very popular story on both blogs and Twitter today. Could be that their servers are overloaded.

I just updated the story link as KXTV has updated the story on their website.

UPDATE II: The video and story links have been updated to reflect the latest coming from KXTV News10. The Department of Education is still mum on why they thought they needed a SWAT team to execute a search warrant on the wrong guy.

UPDATE III: Here is a link to a redacted search warrant. There are allegations that Mr. Wright's wife engaged in student loan fraud. Unfortunately, for Mr. Wright and his kids, the confidential informant wasn't aware that suspect didn't live there anymore.

Frankly, I don't see any justification for a SWAT team on a white collar crime where there is no indication of violent actions. I am assuming that the sole reason that the Dept of Ed's OIG used a SWAT team was to justify having one.

4 comments:

  1. The root of the problem isn't the guns. Badges come with guns. The problem is the badges, which the Inspector General Act of '78 handed out like candy.

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  2. @Tam: You are absolutely correct. The shotguns are not the story - just a nice lead-in. It is the growth of the Federal law enforcement bureaucracy to include not just DOJ but every Dept.

    I was just reading the Inspector General Act summary at the Dept of Ed's OIG's page and I'm just shaking my head. I'm still trying to find budget numbers for their "Investigative Services" section.

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  3. Is your readership going to get an apology for your claim that the case was over a defaulted student loan? It was student loan fraud. Do you want the DOE OIG to ignore fraud in the programs administered by the DOE? What does it matter if DOE OIG agents have shotguns, much less handguns? How do you loose liberty because of that?

    What you loose liberty over is the increased federal budget for the education welfare program, not the enforcement of laws against fraud in those programs.

    The gun-nuts need to decide where they stand on freebies from Uncle Sam, and that includes the student loans gun-nuts got not so long ago.

    I think you surrendered your 2nd Amendment rights when you got a big welfare check, such as lifetime disability payments for certain gun-writer who is so disabled he travels the country shooting guns, browsing surplus stores and going to demonstrations. Doesn't sound like he is disabled.

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