January 23, 2020, Tamuning, Guam- Since prioritizing collection efforts one year ago, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has settled over $485,000 in claims on behalf of the Government of Guam. The OAG is assisting the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMH), the Department of Revenue and Taxation (DRT) and the Department of Administration (DOA) in collections.
“We know that every dollar we collect will help our hospital and provide funding for critical services that our community depends on,” said Attorney General Leevin Taitano Camacho.
Agencies refer cases to the OAG only when they have exhausted their collection efforts. Of those cases referred, more than 170 people voluntarily negotiated repayment resulting in the settlement of roughly $387k after being contacted by the OAG. The OAG has directly collected nearly $100k and filed 45 cases in the last year when voluntary payments plans were unable to be reached. The $485k in collections and cases settled over the course of the first year of collection efforts does not include payments made directly to partner agencies.
“Litigation is a last resort,” said AG Camacho. “We recognize that people may have challenges paying their bills, which is why we strongly encourage anyone who has outstanding debt with GMH, DOA or DRT to set up a payment plan.”
To set up a payment plan, contact:
DOA: (671) 477-0078
Deputy Attorney General Fred Nishihira for the Consumer Protection Division, along with General Accounting Supervisor Thomas Paulino, Paralegal Emmajean Lamb, and Assistant Attorneys General Janice Camacho, Joseph Perez, and Marinna Julian are spearheading this project for the OAG.