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Business, Fuel, TCA

Tape of Subordinate Accusing Haslam, Hazelwood Played in Pilot Flying J Trial

Jim Haslam John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam not only knew one of his vice presidents was ripping off truckers but “loved it,” jurors heard a subordinate claim Nov. 14 in a secret recording.

Jamie Satterfield | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
November 15, 2017
Business, Fuel, TCA

Frosty Jurors, Chilly Boss Among Five Things Heard, Seen in Pilot Flying J Fraud Trial

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The temperature inside the Chattanooga, Tenn., federal courtroom Nov. 13 matched the temperature of the relationship between a Pilot Flying J executive on board with a fraud scheme and a salesman who wasn’t — frosty.

Jamie Satterfield | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
November 14, 2017
Business, Fuel, TCA

Defense Lawyer Uses Email to Point to Jimmy Haslam in Pilot Flying J Fraud Trial

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With the owner of a trucking company thumbing his nose at anything Pilot Flying J offered to garner his loyalty, Arnie Ralenkotter went straight to the top of the truck stop giant, emails showed.

Jamie Satterfield | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
November 14, 2017
Business, Fuel, TCA

Five Insider Stories Jurors Heard in Week One of Pilot Flying J Fraud Trial

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Jurors in the Pilot Flying J fraud trial are getting an earful of insider stories about the truck stop giant and the trucking industry.

Jamie Satterfield | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
November 13, 2017
Business, Fuel, TCA

Defense Attacks Images of Star Witnesses in Pilot Flying J Fraud Trial

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Jurors in the ongoing Pilot Flying J fraud trial haven’t yet seen the government’s two star witnesses, but the attorney for the truck stop giant’s former president is already painting portraits of the pair as a ruthless corporate climber and a jealous snitch.

Jamie Satterfield | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
November 13, 2017
Business, Fuel, TCA

Testimony: Pilot Flying J Execs Tell Sales Staff Their Customers Are Ignorant, Deserve Rip-Off

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Don’t feel guilty about shorting customers on rebates, Pilot Flying J executives preached to sales staffers: They deserve it.

Matt Lakin | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
November 9, 2017
Business, Fuel, TCA

Pilot Flying J Ex-President ‘Earned’ Big Bucks, Didn’t Steal Them, Defense Says

Former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood, photo by Michael Patrick, Knoxville News Sentinel

Former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood may be the highest-ranking member of the truck stop giant charged in a $92 million fraud scheme, but his defense attorney made clear Nov. 7 just who was in charge.

Jamie Satterfield | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
November 8, 2017
Business, Fuel, TCA

'Greed and Power' Fueled Pilot Flying J Fraud, Prosecutor Says

Former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood, far left, after being arraigned Feb. 9, 2016, on charges including conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud as well as witness tampering. Michael Patrick/Knoxville News Sentinel

Mark Hazelwood wasn’t hurting for money. Neither was Pilot Flying J, his employer and the nation’s largest diesel fuel retailer.

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

The 18 Former Employees Charged in the Pilot Flying J Federal Investigation

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Eighteen former employees have been charged in the federal investigation of Pilot Flying J, the family business of Jimmy Haslam. Fourteen have pleaded guilty but have not been sentenced.

John Caniglia | The Cleveland Plain Dealer
November 6, 2017
Business, Fuel, TCA

John Verble, the Informant Who Helped Sack Jimmy Haslam’s Family Business, Pilot Flying J

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For more than a year, the informant met secretly with FBI agents. He repeatedly slid into a dark sedan with tinted windows, sharing a narrative that would rock the family business of Cleveland Browns’ owner Jimmy Haslam.

John Caniglia | The Cleveland Plain Dealer
November 6, 2017

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