Society
8:34 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Pilot Worker Says Haslam Knew of Rebate Fraud

An FBI agent's affidavit says a Pilot Flying J employee told authorities that Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam knew about rebate fraud at the truck stop chain his family owns.

The 120-page document was filed Thursday in federal court in Knoxville, where Pilot is based. It identifies the employee only as a confidential source.

Haslam says the foundation of the company is integrity and pledged to cooperate with the investigation.

FBI and IRS agents raided the company headquarters Monday.

Pilot Flying J is a private company mostly owned by Haslam, his brother Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and other family members. It is the nation's Number 1 retailer of diesel fuel, and its customer rebate program with trucking firms is at the center of the investigation.