Tape of subordinate accusing Haslam, Hazelwood played in Pilot Flying J trial

Tape of subordinate accusing Haslam, Hazelwood played in Pilot Flying J trial

November 15th, 2017 by The Knoxville News Sentinel in Local Regional News

Former Pilot Flying J Vice President of Sales John Freeman, center, leaves federal court after being arraigned on charges including conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud. Freeman pleaded guilty earlier this year. (Photo: Michael Patrick / News Sentinel)

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

(Photo: Michael Patrick / News Sentinel)

(Photo: Michael Patrick / News Sentinel)

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Pilot Flying J Chief Executive Officer Jimmy Haslam not only knew one of his vice presidents was ripping off truckers but "loved it," jurors heard a subordinate claim Tuesday in a secret recording.

"He knew — absolutely," former Pilot Flying J vice president of sales John "Stick" Freeman said of Haslam in a recording played for jurors in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga on Tuesday.

Haslam has denied any knowledge of the fraud scheme and is not charged. After the day's testimony, the company reissued a statement saying: "As we have said from the outset, Jimmy Haslam was not aware of any wrongdoing."

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