A federal judge on Thursday held Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in contempt of court for violating an order to stop collecting loans owed by thousands of students of a for-profit college that has gone out of business, according to multiple reports.
The judge had reportedly ordered the Department of Education to stop collecting on loans from students who attended the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges. Despite that order, the department admitted that it still collected on loans from more than 16,000 borrowers, according to Politico. About 1,800 had their wages garnished, according to CNN, while more than 800 had their credit reports negatively affected.
“There is no question that the defendants violated the preliminary injunction. There is also no question that defendants’ violations harmed individual borrowers,” Kim wrote in her ruling, via The Washington Post. “Defendants have not provided evidence that they were unable to comply with the preliminary injunction, and the evidence shows only minimal efforts to comply.”