Woman accused of filing false report after claiming to be attacked and robbed

Debra Bass (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
Debra Bass (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)

GEISMAR, LA (WAFB) - Investigators said a woman who reported being attacked and robbed later changed her story and is the one who was arrested.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said Debra Bass, 37, of Geismar, is charged with false reporting of a crime.

"Bass admitted to detectives that she has a mental problem and a gambling problem that she is currently seeking help with," a written release stated.

Deputies said they responded to an industrial area of LA 30 near the Iberville Parish-Ascension Parish line on December 4 after receiving a report from a woman who told dispatchers she was hit in the head and robbed.

According to authorities, Bass told deputies after pulling over to the side of the road due to a flat tire, a man hit her from behind and took her wallet and wedding ring set.

"Detectives arrived on the scene and as they began the investigation learned that Bass had made up the story about her being robbed and that she had sold her wedding ring set to a pawn shop," the written release added.

They said Bass later admitted she had not been robbed. They reported she told them she was on the way to a casino when her car had a flat tire.

Bass was issued a misdemeanor summons for one count of criminal mischief for false reporting of a crime.

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