The Law Office of Diane C. Bass has extensive experience defending clients who have been charged in all types of criminal fraud cases in state and federal court. Ms. Bass represents clients in cases involving millions and in one particular case, billions of dollars.

There are many types of fraud. However, the basic elements of fraud are generally the same in all fraud cases. Simply put: In order for someone to be guilty of fraud, there must have been some sort of intentional misrepresentation made which caused someone to part with their money.

The legal definition of fraud provides that anyone who “knowingly and willfully falsifies, conceals or covers up by any trick, scheme or device a material fact, makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation or makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false fictitious or fraudulent statement or entry” shall be guilty of fraud.

Ms. Bass represented clients who have been charged with crimes involving Real Estate Fraud, Mortgage Fraud, Investment Fraud, Medicare Fraud, Tax Fraud, Loan Modification Fraud, Immigration Fraud. She has obtained outstanding results for these clients.

Many fraud cases are filed as either mail fraud or wire fraud if the U.S. Mail, telephone or the internet were used to conduct the fraudulent acts. This is very common as the internet and phone are almost always involved.

Many fraud cases are filed as Conspiracies. A conspiracy is simply an agreement between two or more people to commit a crime and then at least one step taking in furtherance of that crime. In a case which is charged as a conspiracy, each person in the conspiracy can be held responsible for the actions of the other individuals involved in the crime. So even if you are only involved in a very small amount of loss, you can legally be held responsible for the entire amount of loss caused by all of the parties involved. That is what part of what makes a conspiracy charge so serious.

Fraud cases are generally considered to be White Collar Crimes. Many of these cases are filed in Federal Court. In most cases, whether in state or federal court, the sentences imposed are based in large part on the amount of money involved. In cases where her clients have pled guilty to the charges, Ms. Bass has been extremely successful in limiting the amount of “loss” in order to drastically reduce the sentence her clients face. In many very serious cases, Ms. Bass has been able to negotiate sentences which involved no jail time.

Ms. Bass has established excellent working relationships with local prosecutors so that she is able to negotiate the best possible deals for her clients in her cases. She has also earned the respect of many of the local judges so that she is able to convince them to do the right thing for her clients.

If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges involving fraud Diane Bass will do everything she can to help you obtain the best possible outcome in your case. Please contact The Law Office of Diane C. Bass right away for a free consultation.