A third-generation veteran says the government is choking him from his livelihood, blocking his access to bank accounts and forcing him to pay exorbitant fees for basic financial services.
“I’m an American, and when the government does something like this to its own citizens, it has to be stopped,” said Andy Kramer, owner of Discount Check Casher of Georgia.
Kramer supports his wife, who is a public school teacher, and three children by running a small check-cashing service in Savannah, Ga.
But over the past year, he has struggled to make ends meet, finding himself subject to the Justice Department’s covert program Operation Choke Point.
Kramer is aware that his industry, check cashing, is often criticized for charging exorbitant fees and thereby subject to complex regulations.
“I’m the poster boy for compliance,” he said. “I don’t mind going through all the hoops—it’s hard, it’s expensive, but I do it.”