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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Beckley Man Sentenced To Two Years In Federal Prison For Defrauding Walker Machinery

Beckley, W.Va. –  United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that Mark Randall Trump, 44, of Beckley, West Virginia was sentenced to serve two years in federal prison for defrauding Walker Machinery.  Trump was also ordered to pay $367,000 in restitution. 

Trump was a branch manager of the Walker Express Store in Crab Orchard, West Virginia.  From 2009 until April of 2012, Trump gave select customers discounts on equipment rentals if payment was made with cash or personal check.  These payments were then deposited into Trump’s personal bank account.  Trump concealed the fraud by creating rental agreements for the customers and then later deleting them from Walker Machinery’s computer system.  Trump also failed to process paperwork which would have prompted the creation of invoices. 

Through this scheme, Trump converted $90,000 to his own use and caused over $350,000 in loss to Walker Machinery.  Trump pleaded guilty in December of 2013 to the wire fraud charge.

The West Virginia State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Blaire L. Malkin handled the prosecution.  United States District Judge Irene C. Berger imposed the sentence. 

Updated January 7, 2015