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Viral Student Loan Nightmare Is Not What It Seems, Authorities Say

In a country where 40 million people owe upward of $1.2 trillion on their student loans, it’s not hard to imagine why a tale about armed federal agents’ showing up at the door of a Texas man to arrest him over unpaid student loans set the Internet abuzz.

But as is the case with many stories that go viral, the truth is a bit more complicated: Mainly, the authorities said they had been trying for years to get the Houston resident, Paul Aker, to pay back a single student loan from almost three decades ago. They said he also threatened two deputies.