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can they arrest me can they do what they say or is this just a scare tactic to get me to pay.
Not likely. This Sounds like a hardball collection tactic, and is in violation of the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). The Sheriff's office is correct. So now you have something you can threaten them with if they keep bothering you.
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You should do whatever you need to do to have the SS payments go direct to the nursing home. Then you will not need to be involved any further. As far as changing your number goes, wouldn't caller ID serve the same purpose?Knowing your phone number is ***** important. It's your mailing address that they would have to have in order to file a collection suit.
Not to worry. The criminal justice system doesn't work that way. You can't simply call up a cop and say: "Joe stole some money from us, go arrest him.". The charging person has to first go through the local district attorney and show that a crime has been committed. That's why the Sheriff was laughing when you called about it. You may actually owe them the March payment, but they have to sue you in civil court in order to collect it. Got it?
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