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Ex-Walker Machinery manager admits fraud

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A former branch manager for Walker Machinery faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to wire fraud.

Mark R. Trump, 43, of Cool Ridge, admitted to participating in a scheme that bilked more than $90,000 in rental fees from the company, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

U.S. District Judge Irene Berger will sentence Trump April 17.

From 2009 until he was fired in 2012, Trump authorized certain special rates for equipment rentals for certain customers without the company's authorization, the release states.

Trump was often paid by cash or personal check, according to federal prosecutors.

To conceal the scheme, Trump entered customers' information into the company's system and printed a matching rental agreement form. When equipment was returned, Trump made entries into the system that the rental had been cancelled, deleted from the computer system or not invoiced at all.

In total, Trump took about $90,000 in rental fees for his personal use, costing the company about $367,000, the release states. 


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