Education Secretary Betsy DeVos got taken to task by a U.S. Magistrate Judge for violating a court order imposed by the same judge in a 2018 ruling.
Judge Sallie Kim ordered DeVos and the Education Department to stop pursuing student loan payments from students of Corinthian Colleges because the for-profit colleges became defunct in 2015.
It turns out DeVos and the Education Department violated that order no fewer than 16,000 times, according to a briefing filed by the Department.
Judge Kim wasn't at all happy about it:
"At best it is gross negligence, at worst it's an intentional flouting of my order..."I'm not sure if this is contempt or sanctions. I'm not sending anyone to jail yet but it's good to know I have that ability."
Corinthian Colleges went defunct toward the end of the Obama administration after numerous lawsuits and accusations of fraud and deceit. At the time, the federal government sided with the shuttered colleges' students, ruling that hundreds of thousands of them were entitled to loan forgiveness.
But in President Donald Trump's inaugural year of 2017, DeVos's Education Department began ignoring hundreds of thousands of loan forgiveness applications from Corinthian Colleges, resulting in a class-action lawsuit against the department.
Not only was the department still going after loan payments, but only 10 loans out of the 300,000 eligible for forgiveness had actually been forgiven.
As a result, many people felt Judge Kim should "lock her up."
Time to start holding these crooks accountable. Put her in jail. https://t.co/nEbYk6qa3e— Fred Guttenberg (@Fred Guttenberg) 1570540550.0
@TheDemCoalition @BetsyDeVos They need to lock these criminals up😡😡— 🌊🌊🌊🌊 (@🌊🌊🌊🌊) 1570543614.0
"Lock her up! Lock her up!" https://t.co/o0i1B2DgkR— Tea Pain (@Tea Pain) 1570542010.0
@travisakers @DemWrite Lock her up! Schools for profit that are now defunct should not be paid off by the very stud… https://t.co/lTRBoE8mCn— djoretiree (@djoretiree) 1570544943.0
@travisakers LOCK HER UP!!!!!— Julia Wallace (@Julia Wallace) 1570544260.0
@travisakers @jessicawheeler3 What was that chant? Oh, that’s right...LOCK HER UP! Hmmmm!🤔— lois carpenter (@lois carpenter) 1570545685.0
People were shocked at the greed.
Remember how billionaire Betsy DeVos chose to go through a grueling public humiliation just for the opportunity to… https://t.co/NrqTqEcmn9— Andrea Junker (@Andrea Junker) 1570545338.0
If we fired Betsy DeVos we could replace her with a lot of school supplies. https://t.co/bSS3Y8eAJI— The Daily Edge (@The Daily Edge) 1569967607.0
@washingtonpost Is there anyone in this administration who abides by the law for a change?— Hassan (@Hassan) 1570215762.0
The DeVos family is worth about $5.4 billion.