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Federal Grand Jury Reportedly Looking Into Pilot Flying J

July 15, 2013

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Problems for truckstop operator Pilot Flying J and CEO Jimmy Haslam show no signs of letting up.

A federal grand jury is looking into possible indictments, according to WEWS-TV in Cleveland, Ohio, following an raid on company headquarters on April 15 by federal agents looking into allegations the company shortchanged some customers on money there were owned in the form of rebates from fuel purchases.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office would neither deny or confirm such activity.

So far five Pilot Flying J employees have pleaded guilty for their roles, while Haslam has denied any wrongdoing. Two others have reportedly been granted immunity by federal authorities.

The revelation comes as more lawsuits have been filed against Pilot Flying J, taking the count up to at least 20 since mid-April, with most of them being class actions.

One of the latest involves Alabama-based Wright Transportation, which has about 120 drivers. The case was filed in federal court in Mobile, Ala., naming Haslam and several other company officials as defendants.

Wright Transportation claims it was hurt by Pilot Flying J efforts to “secretly and unlawfully withhold diesel fuel price rebates and/or discounts” and that Haslam gave his “blessing” to the plan to allegedly bilk its customers.

Shortly before this suit was filed, attorneys for New Hampshire owner-operator Fred Woodward filed a federal lawsuit against Pilot Flying J in his home state. It is also a class action. 


  1. 1. jean couture [ July 15, 2013 @ 03:29AM ]

    The only way truckers can know for sure if they were victims of this Fraud is to Audit their records..Pilot target the small to medium trucking Co and those in particular does not have the resource to do so since it is a very complicated process. Trucking Co all across USA and Canada were prey on. The FBI doc explain that Pilot Management were calling the truckers "names that I wont write" and expect them not to figure it out.. This Fraud affect everyone since Diesel price affect the price of foods , goods, and thing we love to buy at the Store..We as in the whole population were affected by this very serious deliberate Fraud.Truckers are the back bone of this Country they provide us with a dedicated services 24/7 to make us live our life with the thing we need. You ear news of price of milk is climbing or other items due to the price of Diesel increase..
    But the fact is some very limited greedy peoples was Milking all of us and over reaching in our pocket book.
    We need as true American support the truckers and help them seek the Justice and right they deserve.

  2. 2. Douglas Smith [ July 15, 2013 @ 06:19AM ]

    Just like Pilot spend your money and get your ass out of here

  3. 3. Mike [ July 15, 2013 @ 08:39AM ]

    Wow, is that Jean Couture comment for real or out to scam truckers? Look at his/her punctuation, spelling and grammer. Not professional, looks like it was written by a 10 year old. Watch out for "Free" audit from a person who can't write proper english or puncuate.

  4. 4. John [ July 15, 2013 @ 10:29PM ]

    Mike, I agree. The Comments by J. Couture are absurd. Unless that's the way the north of our border frenchmen talk. I'd be embarrassed to put my name on something as crappy as that.


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