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Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015

Man bilked $43,000 from soldier stationed overseas, detectives say

Hernando Today staff report

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BROOKSVILLE - Hernando County Sheriff's detectives arrested a transient man responsible for stealing $43,000 from a U.S. Army man's bank account.

On Tuesday, Indalesio "Indy" Basaldua was found hiding in a bathroom closet at a Powell Road residence, and arrested on numerous charges.

An organized fraud investigation found Basaldua stole Donald Acreman Jr.'s Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union banking information from a statement in his mother's mailbox. Acreman is stationed in Korea, and detectives believe Basaldua transferred $43,000 from the account into Acreman's mother's bank account, then into two unknown accounts.

Multiple witnesses said Basaldua was responsible for the fraudulent transactions.

Basaulda was arrested on charges of failure to appear, two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, organized fraud, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The 29-year-old suspect admitted he was involved in several of the cases, according to investigators.

He is being held in lieu of $78,000 bail.

Court records show Basaulda has been convicted of driving with a suspended license, battery, providing a false name to law enforcement and burglary in the past. In November, Basaulda was charged with uttering forged bills and forgery of a check.

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