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Ex-W.Va. store manager pleads in fraud case

December 12, 2013
Associated Press

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A federal prosecutor says a former southern West Virginia store manager accused of pocketing $90,000 in customer fees from heavy equipment rentals has pleaded guilty to a wire fraud charge.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Thursday that 43-year-old Mark Randall Trump of Cool Ridge entered the plea in federal court in Beckley.

Goodwin says that from 2009 until Trump's dismissal in April 2012, he offered special rental rates to certain customers at Walker Machinery's equipment rental store in Crab Orchard without prior authorization.

Goodwin says Trump deposited those payments into his personal checking account. To hide the scheme, Trump deleted information from the company's system, noted the rental had been canceled or didn't complete an invoice.

Trump faces up to 20 years in prison. Sentencing was set for April 17.



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