Nearly 19 hours of deliberations but no verdict yet in Pilot Flying J fraud trial

Nearly 19 hours of deliberations but no verdict yet in Pilot Flying J fraud trial

February 14th, 2018 by The Knoxville News Sentinel in Local Regional News

After more than two days of deliberations, a jury deciding the fate of the former president of the nation's largest diesel fuel retailer and three subordinates in a plot to rip off truckers still had not reached a verdict Tuesday.

Former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood, former Vice President Scott "Scooter" Wombold and former account representatives Karen Mann and Heather Jones have been standing trial since November in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga on charges including conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.

The quartet is accused in a five-year scheme within the company's direct sales division to lure trucking companies into buying diesel from Pilot Flying J with promises of discounts it never intended to fully pay, and lying to those firms about it.

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