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Fraud and Larceny

Financial Crimes

One area that has seen a significant increase in lately is the area of financial crimes. Many of these involve mobilized reservists who are unaware of what benefits they are entitled to and who get conflicting information from DFAS. Bill Cassara is a former Army prosecutor and defense counsel with over 20 years of civilian military law experience. He is an experienced and aggressive military attorney representing members of all military services. He has represented members of all services accused of larceny, BAH/Per Diem fraud or other financial crimes, and represented numerous service members on appeal of court-martial convictions for financial crimes.

Unlike their civilian counterparts, the military has seemingly unlimited resources available to them to prosecute financial crime and fraud allegations. It is not uncommon for the military to have 4 or 5 prosecutors or investigators working on a case, while you have only your assigned military defense counsel. That counsel frequently has numerous other responsibilities to deal with. As a result, they are frequently overworked and overmatched. The prosecutors will stop at nothing to make sure you go to jail for the longest time possible and get kicked out of the military. They will employ numerous experts and investigators at government expense. You have to rely on your defense team or hire an independent investigator. And if you request an expert at government expense, the prosecutor and Staff Judge Advocate almost always recommend that the Convening Authority disapprove that request, or accept some lesser alternative. Then you have to petition the Military Judge to force the government to pay for your expert.

Mr. Cassara has handled numerous complex fraud and financial crime allegations, both at trial and on appeal. He has expert witnesses he has used in the past and has been successful in getting the government to pay for. But having done several of these cases, he speak the language of the government’s experts. So even without an expert we are ready to go to trial. If you are accused of larceny or fraud in the military you need an experienced military defense counsel. Don’t trust your freedom to somebody who only dabbles in military law or is too busy to work on your case.

The government has an array of “experts” available to them. We have worked with several of the best financial crime and computer experts in the country and can usually force the government to pay for their services. I is important to speak to a military lawyer before making any statements. In those cases where there is a confession, we can still help. It is extremely important that the attorney representing the accused be skilled in not only evaluating the case, but also in pre-trial negotiations in an effort to secure reduced charges, sentence protection and a lenient sentence at trial.

Military personnel who are charged with or under investigation for larceny or fraud or any other financial crime need the immediate advice and representation of an attorney experienced in defending internet sex offenses in the military. Military personnel who have already been convicted at court-martial for larceny or fraud or any other financial crime need an attorney experienced in court-martial appeals. A conviction for these offenses can not only lead to the loss of your career and significant confinement. Bill has been handling these cases for over 20 years. Contact him for a free consultation at 1-888-288-3347 or bill@courtmartial.com for a free consultation.

Mr. Cassara served six years on active duty in the Army JAG Corps and 16 years in the Army JAG Corps reserves. He served as a prosecutor, defense counsel and as appellate defense counsel. For more than 20 years, he has represented service members of all military branches in courts-martial, appeals of court-martial convictions, military discharge upgrades, administrative separations, security clearance matters, records correction, and all other areas of military law. While his background is with the Army, he has appeared in Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard courts. He is  intimately familiar with all the service branches, and the subtle differences from one branch to another. While all courts-martial are governed by the Uniformed Code of Military Justice, there are differences between how each branch operates at court-martial. Mr. Cassara knows those differences. This is especially true in the area of financial crimes, where all of the services have different pay and entitlement regulations. In addition, Bill has appeared before the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals and the Coast Guard Court of Criminal Appeals. In other words, He has represented members of all services on appeal of court-martial convictions.

I have represented service members all over the world including, but not limited to:

Germany

Fort Gordon, Fort Benning, Fort Bragg, Fort Jackson, Fort Sill, Fort Bliss, Fort Campbell and many others.
Jacksonville and Mayport Navy Stations, Charleston Navy base, Washington Navy Yard and many others
Shaw AFB, Barksdale AFB, Patrick AFB, Luke AFB and many others
Coast Guard Districts of Miami, San Diego, DC and many others

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