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Ex-Pilot President Mark Hazelwood, Seven Others Indicted in Diesel Fuel Rebate Fraud


John Sommers II for Transport Topics
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood was arraigned Feb. 9 on charges including conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud as well as witness tampering in a nearly three-year investigation.

Hazelwood was arraigned in U.S. District Court on a 60-page speaking indictment, which means the document lays out with specificity the allegations against the former Pilot executive accused with seven others in the diesel fuel rebate fraud.

Ten former Pilot employees already have pleaded guilty.

PROFILE: Who is Mark Hazelwood?

Also named in the indictment are former Pilot employees Scott Wombold, who was the vice president of direct sales, and John Freeman, who was vice president of sales and who has been identified in an FBI affidavit as the architect of the fuel rebate fraud.

Also named in the indictment are Vicki Borden, who supervised various sales support staff, as well as sales representatives Katy Bibee, Heather Jones and Karen Mann.

The last defendant listed in the indictment is John Spiewak, who is listed as a former regional sales manager.

All eight defendants are charged in 13 counts of wire and mail fraud and conspiracy to commit those crimes.

Hazelwood is charged in a 14th count with witness tampering. He left Pilot in 2014 and is now founder and CEO of Professional Driver Agency, a job placement service for truck drivers, based in Brentwood, Tennessee.

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By Jamie Satterfield
The Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel

 

Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.



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