Feds: W.Va man posed as Army general in job hunt

May 13, 2011 - 6:00 PM

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A West Virginia man charged with trying to land a six-figure job in Ohio by posing as an Army general has been indicted on 13 counts of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud.

The government announced the federal indictment against 56-year-old Randall Keyser of Barboursville, W.Va., on Thursday.

Investigators say Keyser defrauded an Akron development company and one of its subsidiaries, trying to get hired as director of construction by saying he was commanding officer of the Department of Defense's Joint Construction Command. They say he posed as other high-ranking military officers to give himself recommendations via telephone.

Court records show Keyser served one or two years in the Army and was discharged as a private.

He is being held without bond. Messages left with his attorney weren't immediately returned after business hours Friday.