Former Pilot Flying J executive ruled out defrauding U.S. Postal Service as too risky

Former Pilot Flying J executive ruled out defrauding U.S. Postal Service as too risky

November 20th, 2017 by The Knoxville News Sentinel in Local Regional News

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The former Pilot Flying J executive who spent three days as a government witness hoping to garner a drop in the prison term he faces was once too afraid of jail to fleece the government, secret recordings showed.

Arnie Ralenkotter was director of sales over the truck stop giant's northeast region and — by his own admission — a power driver in the conspiracy among Pilot Flying J direct sales executives and staffers to rip off trucking firms that were too clueless to catch the fraud.

He routinely ordered subordinates to defraud companies, especially when those firms weren't putting money via diesel fuel purchases into the coffers of Pilot Flying J and its commission-earning sales teams, he has said in three days of testimony in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga.

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