published Monday, July 15th, 2013

Pilot Flying J sends checks to companies shorted on rebates

NASHVILLE — 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 told customers in a letter made public Monday that following an audit, money owed, with interest, has been sent.

Haslam, the brother of Gov. Bill Haslam, has been doing furious damage control since the April 15 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.

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