Defense goes on offense against key witness in Pilot Flying J fraud trial

Defense goes on offense against key witness in Pilot Flying J fraud trial

December 7th, 2017 by The Knoxville News Sentinel in Local Regional News

Jimmy Haslam, center, president and CEO of Pilot Travel Centers, visits with managers Gary Jones, left, and Jim Kennedy on Nov. 16, 2010, at the Flying J Travel Center on Watt Road in Knoxville. Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J merged in June 2010, with the company now operating more than 550 travel centers across North America.

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

If Pilot Flying J's top leaders knew its sales executives were cheating customers, why all the code talk, an attorney for the truck stop giant's former president asked Wednesday.

Attorney Rusty Hardin, who represents former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood on charges he plotted with subordinates to rip off trucking firms of promised discounts on diesel fuel, repeatedly sought Wednesday to discredit the testimony of one of the government's key witnesses against his client.

That witness – former director of national accounts Brian Mosher – has throughout his testimony in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga pointed to both Hazelwood and Pilot Flying J Chief Executive Officer Jimmy Haslam in the five-year, $92 million fraud scheme.

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