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He said the Department of Education takes money out of his monthly disability check.

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Valley Man Still Paying 1984 Student Loan He Never Took Out

Ten30 a rio hondo man says he's still paying off a student loan from 19-84.

The problem is he claims--he never took it out.

He called 5 on your side... channel 5's frank mcaffrey learned he may be able to stop those payments.

Michael hicks says he enrolled in jay truck driving training in missouri just over 33 years ago.

He says he wanted a career as a truck driver and paid most of the $2,669 tuition weeks before school started.

He said he still owed the school $500 back then.

He believes that bill was covered with his taxes.

On the first day of class, he was instructed to go to a school representative to tear up paperwork for a loan.

Michael hicks, rio hondo resident, "she says, 'i'll tell ya what, i'll run it through the government document shredder.'

She says, 'it shreds two ways.'

So i took her word at that.

Went back to class and then ever since, here it is thirty three years later, i'm still paying on a loan."

He says the bank he got the loan from and the school are out of business.

He believed any debts to the school were paid.

He does not have documents to prove it.

Michael hicks, rio hondo resident, "they gotta give it to me.

They're not gonna give it to me because they've already charged me for it.

Convenient."

Hicks says in 1989, he was involved in a serious car wreck.

He is on disability.

He says his disability check is widdled down to about $750 a month.

He says this is because the department of education takes money to pay the loan from his check.

The amount taken out from his monthly check in january of this year was $124.30.

He says he checked this year and his debt with interests added up to over $7,000.

He says, over the years, he called the us treasury department trying, unsuccessfully, to have the loan payment halted.

He says, at one point, he even tried to see what a judge thought.

Michael hicks, rio hondo resident, "i ended up having to go to court.

I ended up having to pay a lawyer.

" channel five news was with hicks as he called the us department of education to ask why he was still making the payments.

A spokesperson for the us department of education who could only identify herself as lashawnda says it is because he did not provided documentation stating the loan was paid.

The advisor told hicks he has options to get the payments stopped through the department of education permanent disability unit.

"if you are permanently disabled, you can go through that unit again and contact them and let them know that you are still permanently disabled and you would like to apply to have the loan discharged."

Hicks says he is ok with calling the number lashawnda provided to recertify himself with the department of education as having a total and permanent disability.

According to the department of education, if his application is approved he will not have to make monthly payments from his disability check.

Reporting from rio hondo, frank mccaffrey channel five news at ten/1030




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