Testimony: Pilot Flying J president appealed to truckers as his employees continued to defraud them

FILE - In a Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 file photo, former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood, left, leaves federal court after being arraigned, in Knoxville, Tenn. Four former executives, including former Pilot Flying J President Hazelwood, and ex-vice president Scott Wombold, go on trial in Chattanooga on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. (Michael Patrick /Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)

While his salesmen were ripping off trucking companies, former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood took to a stage playing the role of "Mark the driver," testimony showed.

Jurors in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga this week watched a video titled "Mission: Ready to Roll 2011." It captured a gathering of Pilot Flying J truck stop managers in the middle of a five-year, $92 million scheme by the nation's largest diesel fuel retailer's sales executives and staffers to defraud trucking companies.

Hazelwood is on trial on federal charges he was part of the conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud to which 14 of his subordinates have admitted. Two others have been granted immunity. Hazelwood is joined at the defense table by former Vice President Scott "Scooter" Wombold and regional account representatives Heather Jones and Karen Mann.

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