Exactly how did you use $$Variable* ?
To perform a find? In a Perform Find step that used $$Variable* as stored find criteria.
Stored find criteria cannot be set up as expressions with operators to be evaluated. They should be either literal criteria or just a simple Variable with no added operators or other text.
But you can use a scripted find that uses such an expression in a set field step:
Enter Find Mode  ---> clear the pause check box
Set Field [YourTable::YourField ; $$Variable & "*" ]
For more examples of scripted finds set up in this format, see: Scripted Find Examples
Thank you for your post.
As an additional note to PhilModJunk, if the filter is set to find "Payée", this will find records with "Payée" anywhere in the field, including "Non Payée" records.