Plea deal in works for alleged fake Army general

By THOMAS J. SHEERAN | June 29, 2011 | 4:59 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Both sides are working on a possible plea deal for a West Virginia man charged with trying to land a six-figure construction director job in Ohio by posing as an Army general.

The prosecution and defense jointly asked a federal judge to delay Thursday's court hearing to allow plea-bargain talks to continue in the case of 56-year-old Randall Keyser of Barboursville, W.Va.

Judge Donald Nugent agreed Wednesday and postponed a change of plea hearing until July 18.

Keyser has been indicted on 13 counts of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud.

Defense attorney George Pappas and the U.S. attorney's office in Cleveland declined comment on the talks.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show Keyser was hired under false pretenses in at least four states.