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|BILL PAYER PROGRAMS|
Did you know that there are services within our community that are readily available which would greatly benefit our most vulnerable residents? A recent case of financial exploitation against an elderly woman by her own son led to my realization of the importance of developing a partnership between Law Enforcement agencies and Bill Payer Organizations in the region.
Let’s explore what a Bill Payer Program is.
Bill Payers are employed by state agencies or private sector companies to safely manage the bills and finances of any person who becomes incapacitated or unable to care for their own daily needs.
There are several bill payer programs in the State of New Hampshire that hire skilled and qualified account managers to pay all bills online each and every month before they are due. Clients have access to a secure website to monitor the transactions and to view their accounts at any time. Mortgages, rent, utility bills, credit card bills, Medical bills, etc. are all paid on time by the appointed manager. The account manager is a dedicated professional who is licensed and insured to perform these types of services for the community.
This is important because the Bill Payer Program creates an opportunity to protect the financial future of anyone who is a victim of financial exploitation. I have witnessed many times during my career that even if a person has their entire life savings taken away from them by a member of the family, they are either unwilling or unable to take part in court proceedings, simply because they want to protect the family member who felt entitled to all their money. One of the most challenging aspects of working with victims of financial exploitation is the criminal prosecution of these cases.
Let’s take advantage of finding resources in our community that will help protect those who cannot protect themselves. ServiceLink has a list of Bill Payer Programs in the State of New Hampshire. They can be reached at 1-866-634-9412 or online at www.ServiceLink.org
From the desk of Jane Constant
Senior Relations Specialist
Nashua Police Department
Posted on: February 28, 2018