Pilot Flying J
Business, Fuel, TCA

Four Defendants and a Cache of Questions Face Jury in Pilot Flying J Fraud Trial

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - In a trial that exposed an underbelly of greed, fierce competition, thievery and even racism within a division of the nation’s largest diesel fuel retailer, jurors now face a slew of questions as the case comes to a close.

Jamie Satterfield | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
February 5, 2018
Business, Fuel, TCA

Ex-President of Pilot Flying J Won’t Testify or Summon Witnesses in Ongoing Fraud Trial

Michael Patrick/Knoxville News Sentinel

As federal prosecutors wrapped up their case against him Jan. 31, former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood opted not to testify or present witnesses on his own behalf.

Jamie Satterfield | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
February 2, 2018
Business, Fuel, TCA

Jurors in Ongoing Pilot Flying J Fraud Trial Hear Tales of Betrayal, Deceit

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – A tearful Sherry Blake told jurors Jan. 29 she feels like a woman “betrayed” by the former boss who had considered her more like a “work wife” than an executive assistant: former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood.

Jamie Satterfield | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
January 30, 2018
Business, Fuel, TCA

Pilot Flying J Sales Executive Testifies He Complained to Firm’s President About Fraud

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - When former Pilot Flying J sales executive Dan Peyton learned a trucking company had been defrauded by his colleagues, he told jurors Jan. 18 he dialed up the truck stop giant’s then-president.

Jamie Satterfield | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
January 19, 2018
Business, Fuel, TCA

Former Pilot Flying J President’s Pay Doubled to $26.9 Million During Fraud Scheme, Records Show

Michael Patrick/Knoxville News Sentinel

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Federal prosecutors have long insisted the goal of a fraud scheme at Pilot Flying J was to boost the truck stop giant’s profit and market share, and this week they served up numbers to try to prove it.

Jamie Satterfield | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
January 12, 2018
Business, Fuel, TCA

Defense Goes on Offense Against Key Witness in Pilot Flying J Fraud Trial

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - If Pilot Flying J’s top leaders knew its sales executives were cheating customers, why all the code talk, an attorney for the truck stop giant’s former president asked Dec. 6.

Jamie Satterfield | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
December 7, 2017
Business, Fuel, TCA

Fraud Scheme Fueled by Fight for Gallons, Former Pilot Flying J Executives Testify

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Of the $92 million Pilot Flying J’s board of directors has admitted its employees defrauded trucking companies, as little as 20% went directly into the pockets of those confessed conspirators, testimony has shown.

Jamie Satterfield | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
December 4, 2017
Business, TCA

‘The Professional Driver is the Lifeblood of Pilot Flying J,’ Ex-President Says in Video

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — 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.

Jamie Satterfield | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
December 1, 2017
Business, Fuel, Logistics, TCA

Defense to Key Witness in Pilot Flying J Fraud Trial: Isn’t Cheating ‘Dumb’ Business Move?

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — In a bid to discredit a key government witness in the ongoing Pilot Flying J fraud trial, a defense attorney on Nov. 30 offered up a question about any scheme to defraud customers.

Jamie Satterfield | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
December 1, 2017
Business, Fuel, TCA

Former Pilot Flying J Exec Called Jimmy Haslam After Feds Came to Home

Jim Haslam Haslam by Michelle Pemberton/The Star

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Former Pilot Flying J sales executive Brian Mosher told jurors Nov. 28 that federal agents and a prosecutor showed up on his doorstep on Tax Day 2013 and asked him to make a phone call to the chief executive officer of his company.

Jamie Satterfield | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
November 28, 2017

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