Man arrested on check fraud

Police arrested a 49-year-old man after he allegedly cashed a fraudulent check at a local bank from a construction company.

Robert Dale Hole of Indianapolis faces two Level 6 felony charges of check fraud and forgery after police said he cashed a $1,860.56 check at a Seymour branch of Old National Bank in 2018.

It was the final arrest of three people involved in the case.

Hole was arrested Wednesday by Seymour police after the check was fraudulently written from Indianapolis-based Holt Construction Group.

Police were made aware by an Old National Bank fraud investigator who told police that three individuals cashed fraudulent checks from the company totaling $5,459.42, according to court documents.

All three individuals, including Hole, presented identification to bank tellers at the bank, according to a probable cause affidavit sign by Seymour Detective Chris Franklin. Those identifications matched the photos on them and still shots from the surveillance video at the bank, Franklin wrote.

The two others, Rene Lynn Long and Robert Craig Ball, have since been arrested and sentenced. Long cashed a check for $1,860.56, and Ball cashed one for $1,738.30.

The fraud investigator told Franklin that Hole was unsuccessful sometime later in cashing another check at an Old National Bank location in Columbus.

Franklin wrote in a supplemental report that he located the three on Facebook and saw Hole was in a relationship with one of them. The three also were listed as friends on the social media website, he said.

Franklin said photos from the profiles matched the identification and images from the bank.

He said he used the Seymour Police Department’s Facebook page to send each a message to contact police because it was the only means to contact them.

Hole was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 11:04 a.m. Wednesday without bond.

A Level 6 felony is punishable between six months and two and a half years if convicted. The advisory sentence is one year.

Long and Ball were each arrested in 2018.

Long was sentenced by Jackson Circuit Court Judge Richard W. Poynter for 180 days on July 5, 2018. Long received 42 days credit as part of the sentence.

Poynter sentenced Ball to 240 days with 97 days credit on July 18, 2018.