Fuel Smarts

Former FBI Director to Investigate Pilot Flying J as Part of Lawsuit

May 15, 2013

By Evan Lockridge

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Pilot Flying J has been accused of bilking some trucking companies out of their fuel rebates.
Pilot Flying J has been accused of bilking some trucking companies out of their fuel rebates.

The law firm representing one of the trucking companies suing truckstop operator Pilot Flying J has brought on a big gun to help with the investigation –  former FBI Director Louis Freeh.

WEWS-TV in Cleveland, Ohio, reports Freeh and his Freeh Group International Solutions have been retained to work on the lawsuit, which arose out of FBI and IRS allegations that Pilot Flying J cheated carriers out of rebates for fuel purchases. Savannah, Ga., attorney Mark Tate, who represents Atlantic Coast Carriers, confirmed the selection of Freeh to the TV station.

Atlantic Coast Carriers was the first trucking company to file suit against Pilot Flying J since its headquarters was raided a month ago in Knoxville by the FBI and IRS. The suit seek class action status to represent “all persons or entities who have sustained economic losses as a result of [Pilot Flying J’s] wrongful withholding of rebate funds.” Since that time a total of six federal lawsuits have been filed.

On its website, Freeh Group International Solutions describes itself as “a global risk management firm serving in the areas of business integrity and compliance, safety and security, and investigations and due diligence.” It notes that in addition to being headed up by Freeh, who is also a former federal judge, the firm has “former senior law enforcement officials, legal consultants, accountants, and security and compliance experts.”

Freeh and his law firm, Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, issued an independent report in July of last year into the facts and circumstances of the actions of Penn State University surrounding child abuse committed by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who was sentenced to prison last October.

No one has been charged in the Pilot Flying J investigation. CEO Jimmy Haslam has said he had no knowledge about the company allegedly bilking some trucking companies out of money and has described the entire incident as “sickening.”

Since the raid the company says it taken steps to address the situation, including hiring a special independent counsel, along with a head of a committee to review the report by independent counsel, with the latter choice drawing some attention because of ties between him and the Haslam family, which owns Pilot Flying J.


  1. 1. John Alex [ May 15, 2013 @ 09:24PM ]

    With Louie on the case PFJ is dead meat. Just look at Sandusky and what happened to him

  2. 2. Mikel Nesbitt [ May 15, 2013 @ 09:30PM ]

    My company has pulled all of its 458 truck from stopping at Pilot since this came out and we are investigating our records for irregularities. God help them if they have cheated us.

  3. 3. Ralph Balkema [ May 16, 2013 @ 06:46AM ]

    Must have been a tea party supporter.
    IRS and FBI allegations, no charges filed???
    Just convict them in the court of public opinion and
    let the vultures pick over the bones. Seen it too many times lately.

  4. 4. Harold Sumerford Jr. [ May 16, 2013 @ 07:41AM ]

    I am sure there are two sides to every story. Seems the PFJ folks are doing the right things to clean this up. We are staying with them. No need to pay these type of attorneys to collect money that is coming to you anyway. With the FBI looking over their backs, we feel their audits will be accurate.

  5. 5. Kevin J. Reidy [ May 17, 2013 @ 10:42AM ]

    Jimmy Haslam was running the company, but wasn't aware of what his employees were doing.

    Wonder what else he turned a blind eye to, just as long as all the "mistakes" were in his favor.

  6. 6. G.M. Jordan [ May 18, 2013 @ 02:03PM ]

    Wonder what the Department of Labor would find if they investigated servicing policys in the truck service departments of Piolet /Flying J
    OSHA regulation copliance is unheard of and workers and customers are in danger.


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