BECKLEY, W.Va. — A former worker for Walker Machinery has been sentenced to spend two years in federal prison for defrauding the company.

Mark Trump, 44, of Beckley, was the branch manager at Walker Express Store in Crab Orchard when he would give equipment rental discounts to some customers if they would pay him in cash or personal check. He then put the money into a personal bank account.

Federal prosecutors said Trump covered the fraud by creating rental agreements with customers and then deleting them from the company’s computer system.

Trump was sentenced to prison Thursday and ordered to pay $367,000 in restitution. He was convicted on a federal wire fraud charge.

Prosecutors said the scheme cost Walker Machinery $350,000. Trump put $90,000 in his own account.


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  • Mason County Contrarian

    Aspiring entrepreneur? Job Creator?

    • Fred

      No, just another thief. Many West Virginians feel it is OK to steal from their employer.

      • tom

        That's because they think it's ok to pay the lowest amount legally possible.
        Employers need to recognize that employees make or break them and paying them better from the start giving raises and bonuses for good work they could avoid a lot if this behavior. The minimum wage is to low. Everytime it's increased prices go up on everything to match. So no one can get ahead. Price freezes on everything from groceries to gasoline are in order..