Mark Randall Trump, of Cool Ridge, Raleigh County, W.Va., pleaded guilty to wire fraud before United States District Judge Irene C. Berger in Beckley.
In 2009 and continuing up until his dismissal from Walker Machinery in April 2012, Trump, 43, a branch manager at Walker Express, the company's full-line rental service store based in Crab Orchard, W.Va., began offering certain customers special rates for equipment rentals without the company's authorization.
An investigation revealed that during the scheme, Trump
was paid directly, often by cash or personal check, by certain customers for numerous equipment rentals.
later deposited the fraudulent payments into his
personal checking account.
To conceal the scheme from Walker Machinery
entered the customer data into the company's system and printed a matching rental agreement form.
However, upon the return of the equipment, Trump
made entries into the company's records indicating that the rental had been cancelled, deleted from the computer system, or not invoiced at all.
Trump also failed to process the receiving paperwork through Walker Machinery's
service department, as required for all company rental transactions.
In total, Trump
took approximately $90,000 in rental fees owed to the company for his
As a result of the fraud, the company incurred a loss of approximately $367,000.
is scheduled to be sentenced on April 17, 2014.