Pilot Flying J

Business, Fuel

Prosecutor Takes on Defense in Pilot Flying J Fraud Trial; No Verdict Yet

Danny Johnston/AP

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Jurors in whose hands rest the fate of the former president of the nation’s largest diesel fuel retailer and three subordinates went home Feb. 7 after nearly four hours of deliberations and no verdict.

Jamie Satterfield | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
February 8, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel, TCA

Hazelwood Attorney Says Feds Are Making a Crime out of Civil Fraud

Attorney Rusty Hardin Hardin by Associated Press

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The former president of Pilot Flying J took on the federal government Feb. 6, accusing prosecutors of ginning up a criminal case out of a civil fraud, and making a deal with the devil to do it.

Jamie Satterfield | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
February 7, 2018
Business, Fuel, TCA

Prosecutor: Former Pilot Flying J President Approved of and Planned to Expand Fraud Scheme

Former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood (Michael Patrick/Knoxville News Sentinel)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood didn’t merely know his sales division was “infected” with a greedy plot to deceive and defraud trucking companies. He promoted the chief architect of the plot and made plans to grow the scheme, a federal prosecutor told jurors Feb. 5.

Jamie Satterfield | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
February 6, 2018
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

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