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Tue July 16, 2013
Pilot sends checks to companies shorted on rebates
Pilot Flying J has sent checks to trucking companies allegedly shorted on rebates amid an FBI investigation of alleged fraud by the sales staff at the nation's largest diesel retailer. Company CEO and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says that following an audit, his company has sent out money owed, with interest, to customers.
Haslam is the brother of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, and he’s been doing damage control since the April 15th raid on company headquarters and subsequent release of an FBI affidavit with transcripts of secretly recorded conversations among sales staff. Federal agents say the conversations outline a scheme to defraud trucking companies of fuel rebates. Five members of the sales staff have pleaded guilty to mail fraud and are cooperating with prosecutors, as are two other current or former Pilot staffers.