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Hernando deputies make another arrest in mail fraud case

Hernando Today staff report

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An additional arrest has been made in a case involving mail fraud, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

In December, Indalesio "Indy" Basaldua was arrested after admitting to sheriff's detectives he stole bank information out of a mailbox and took $43,000 from a man stationed in Korea.

Basaldua received additional charges in January after six fraudulent transactions for about $400 were reported by another victim.

Video surveillance showed Basaldua and two other suspects using the stolen credit card at area gas stations and a McDonald's drive-thru, according to the sheriff's office.

On Tuesday, Jamie Lovett was identified as one of Basaldua's associates and arrested on charges of fraudulent use of a credit card and forgery of a credit card receipt, deputies said.

Lovett, 36, admitted to stealing mail with Basaldua, as well as using a stolen credit card and forging a signature.

The Weeki Wachee man was released on his own recognizance, according to the sheriff's office.

Basaldua continues to be held in lieu of $107,000 bail. He has been arrested nine times since Dec. 31, with six charges related to fraud, according to the sheriff's office.

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