- Mamie Walker, of Tampa, Florida, received a letter from the Treasury Department saying she owed $US224,414.50 in student loans, despite never going to college.
- She was told initially that 15% of her $US1,498 monthly social security checks would be withheld until she paid her debt.
- Checks never arrived in February or March, Walker said, and she was notified the next check won’t arrive until September 2031.
An 84-year-old woman in Florida said the US government has cut off her social security payments because she owes hundreds of thousands in student loans, despite never going to college.
Mamie Walker, of Tampa, Florida, received a letter from the Treasury Department saying she owed $US224,414.50 in student loans, and that 15% of her $US1,498 monthly social security checks would be withheld until she paid her debt, according to WFLA.
But Walker said that in February and March, she didn’t received checks at all, and was notified she won’t receive another until September 2031.
“I’ll probably be dead by then,” Walker said. “I’m so scared. I don’t sleep at night because I’m so scared next week my lights are going to be off.”
Walker said she never attended college, and never even learned to read or write because she worked as a “field hand” when she was a child to support her family.
The woman’s son, Morrison Walker, is helping his mother out, but worries she could be evicted.
Morrison Walker contacted a local news anchor, Shannon Behnken, who did a segment on Walker’s dilemma, and reached out to Rep.Kathy Castor and Gus Bilirakis for help.
Walker also said he contacted his local Social Security office and was told it sounded like fraud, but received no help on sorting out the issue.
On its website, the Social Security Administration offers a fraud fact sheet, hotline information, and a form allowing people to report suspicious behaviour.
In the meantime, Mamie’s son has set up a GoFundMe page for his mother, to help her cover bills while her social security benefits are worked out.
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