The bastard graduated in 1989 from Albany Law. How much help did he really need? Well, this was quite a tangled web. This isn't the type of "favor" that's granted to you because you ask for it. As it happened:
Catalano told investigators that he met McDermott after being called as a witness in the 2006 high-profile murder trial of Christopher Porco, who was convicted of murdering his father and attempting to murder his mother in their Delmar home. Catalano, Christopher Porco's former youth minister, testified that he went to the hospital the week of the 2004 attack and spoke to Porco for about three hours.
On the witness stand Catalano testified about Porco's behavior at the hospital, where his mother was undergoing multiple surgeries, and about conversations they had regarding the couple's home-alarm system and Porco's treatment by Bethlehem police."So, I guess throwing bad guys in jail bonded these two for life. Catalano professes ignorance as to why his subordinates "took steps to insure that McDermott's wages would not be garnished after failed payments. The inspector general said his delinquent loans date to 1991 and the current balance is nearly $60,000, including more than $8,000 in accrued interest."
My left ass cheek owes more money this McDermott fellow does. Ha. That's totally a joke. I owe about that much. But most of our readers owe double that amount.
McDermott claims that he didn't ask for any preferential treatment. His story goes like this:
McDermott said he knew Catalano worked for HESC and only called him because he wanted to speak to someone after his account manager died.
"I needed to be assigned to a new account manager," McDermott said. "I never discussed the specifics of my account with Mr. Catalano. ... My student loan debt was not reduced by one penny due to any actions taken at HESC. I was, and continue to be, legally obligated for the entire amount of my student loan, plus fees and interest. The agreed upon payment schedule only extended the time it would take to repay this debt."Really? Is this normal behavior? If my "account manager" were to die, wouldn't that mean the harassing calls and letters would cease until the account was reassigned? Wouldn't that be a good thing? I can't imagine anyone would call to ask and ask for a new nemesis to be assigned,
"Excuse me, but I haven't heard from you regarding my defaulted student loan. I fear my account manager may have passed. Can you please see to it that someone else is assigned ASAP? Thank you."
Furthermore, this doesn't explain why his monthly payments didn't increase when he went to private practice and started earning significantly more than he did as a public servant. Nor does it explain the following:
The inspector general's office said its probe showed that "from 2007 to the present, HESC reduced McDermott's monthly payments from $1,030 to $400, in direct violation of federal requirements. Later, when McDermott repeatedly failed to pay the $400, HESC cancelled his $2,111 in collection fees and continually protected him from having his wages garnished."I have to say, I'm green with envy that this bastard could get help with is loans when there are so many others who are so much worse off that are sent down the river to die. Most people who are in default owe far more than Mr. McDermott do and/or are unemployed. I don't know why this guy deserved anyone's sympathy. This is just another case of "it's not what you know, it's who you know."
Criminal charges may be forthcoming.
Does anyone here work for KHELC or The Student Loan People? I could use a favor.