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Man charged with posing as attorney speaks out

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis paralegal charged with posing as an attorney said Sunday that he wants to set the record straight.

Paralegal Myron Bass spoke out after a report on the TBI's investigation into Bass' company, The Paralegal Firm.

"I'm not a fake attorney," Bass said.  "Never put myself out to be an attorney."

Bass said the affidavit of complaint lacks substance.

"There's no date, no time, no person, no name mentioned, no complainant," Bass said.

Bass said the onslaught is coming from a different source.

"I think it's coming from the attorney world," Bass said, "the ones who are offended that I'm selling do-it-yourself divorce packages."

Instead of paying high legal fees, Bass said people seeking divorce come to him.

"The do it yourself movement is coming in very strong now in every aspect because of the economy," Bass said.

Bass said he means no harm.

"I'm not infringing, not taking any money from any attorney," Bass said.  "We're not even competing with them."

Bass said his paralegals do research.  If legal advice or court representation are needed, he refers people to attorneys.

"I say I haven't broken any laws," Bass said.  "I know I haven't broken any law."

Bass said the same type of forces came after him in a lawsuit, so he was not surprised when the criminal charges followed.

"They don't have me in jail for the Lester Street murders or something vicious," Bass said.  "They have me for something I'm trying to make a living and take care of my children.  I'm a divorced father myself and I've got custody of four girls, so they're just trying to interfere with that."

Bass said the threat may be that he has opened more offices.

"That's a big issue with them," Bass said.  "We're growing, we're expanding.  We have three locations and I'm working on two additional more."

He said he will take the hits and fight back.

"I'm paving the way for paralegals now," Bass said.

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