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January 28, 2014 4:30 PM, EST
Three Former Employees Plead Guilty in Pilot Flying J Case

Three more former employees of truck-stop chain Pilot Flying J have pleaded guilty to fraud-related charges in a U.S. District Court in Knoxville, Tenn.

A report by The Cleveland Plain Dealer said one of those pleading was Brian Mosher, the chain’s former national director of sales, who was mentioned in an FBI affidavit when news of the investigation broke in April last year.

The two others who cut plea deals were regional sales personnel.

In a statement, Pilot said it was “disappointed and saddened” to hear that the employees had committed fraud.

“We reiterate that Pilot Flying J remains committed to doing the right thing, including repaying all affected customers with interest; providing an independent auditor to review all audited accounts; working with an external team of experts to implement additional compliance programs; increasing team member training; and cooperating with the board’s independent special investigator,” the statement said.

Knoxville-based Pilot has been accused of swindling trucking companies on fuel rebates, particularly smaller carriers. Seven other former employees already have completed plea bargains.