A timeline of events in the Pilot Flying J investigation.
Created by knoxnews on Jul 16, 2013
Last updated: 07/29/13 at 02:17 PM
Tags: legal white-collar crime
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Scott Fenwick, a former regional sales manager, admitted to a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud in U.S. District Court in Knoxville. Also pleading guilty was Janet Welch, a former Pilot senior account manager, who admitted to conspiracy to commit fraud.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and his Pilot Flying J Travel Centers have agreed to settle scores of class action lawsuits filed by truckers who alleged they were cheated of promised fuel rebates.
In a recent letter to customers, Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam said the company has named a new vice president of sales.
Ron Regan of E.W. Scripps Co. television station WEWS NewsChannel5 in Cleveland, Ohio, reported Friday that the grand jury has been hearing testimony from witnesses connected to the alleged fraud that first surfaced publicly following the April 15 raid at Pilot’s Knoxville headquarters.
Three former Pilot Flying J employees pleaded guilty June 18, 2013 in federal court to taking part in a conspiracy to defraud customers out of diesel fuel rebates.
Pilot employees Arnold “Arnie” Ralenkotter and Ashley Judd entered guilty pleas in in U.S. District Court in Knoxville.on May 29, 2013.
Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam told trucking industry leaders May 16, 2013 in Indianapolis that he knew nothing about nor did he participate in an alleged fuel-rebate fraud.
NewsChannel5 has learned that former FBI director Louis Freeh has been hired to investigate the Knoxville company operated by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.
Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam admitted he has "probably talked to literally 250 to 300 trucking companies in the last three weeks".
Cleveland Browns owner apologizes to Cleveland Browns fans regarding the Pilot Flying J investigation
Pilot’s board of directors announced May 1, 2013 the appointment of Reid Weingarten to investigate accusations of fuel rebate fraud of trucking company customers.
A Tennessee judge on April 29, 2013 shot down a bid by a Georgia trucking company to block the chief of Pilot Flying J from contacting customers in the wake of federal probe into its fuel rebate program.
The trucking company suing Pilot Flying J accused CEO Jimmy Haslam of obstructing justice and buying off cheated customers in a motion for a restraining order filed April 25, 2013.
AKRON, Ohio - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters he met with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam on Tuesday about the federal investigation into the Tennessee billionaire’s family business, Pilot Flying J.
Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam said Monday, April 22, 2013 that several members of the company's direct sales team have been put on indefinite administrative leave following last week's FBI raid of corporate headquarters.
Five days after federal authorities raided Pilot Flying J headquarters on Lonas Road, a Georgia trucking company on Saturday, April 20, 2013 became the first client to file a lawsuit based on the allegations in the criminal probe.
Omaha trucking company operator Curt Morehouse says truckstop magnate Jimmy Haslam called him Saturday, April 20, 2013 to say that Pilot Flying J would pay Morehouse additional money if he was owed it.
One day after federal authorities released an affidavit that linked him to an alleged corporate fraud scheme, Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam on Friday denied personal wrongdoing and said his company is run the right way.
NFL says it has no plans to ask Jimmy Haslam to step down as Cleveland Browns owner during investigation
In the wake of a federal raid and criminal investigation, Pilot Flying J disclosed April 19, 2013 it has retained prominent white-collar defense attorney Aubrey Harwell, Jr., of Nashville.
Federal officials have unsealed the search warrants used in Apirl 15, 2013 raid on Pilot Flying J headquarters in Knoxville.
U.S. Attorney Bill Killian said April 17, 2013 agents served a total of four separate search warrants, one for each of Pilot’s buildings. Agents served the first three warrants Monday afternoon — two at the main Pilot campus and a third at the company’s data center on Weisgarber Road — and served a fourth warrant Monday night at another building on the campus that Pilot shares with an accounting firm.
One day after federal agents raided the company’s facilities, Moody’s Investors Service last week announced it had put its ratings for Pilot Travel Centers LLC on review for a downgrade.
Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam said April 16, 2013 the raid Monday on his company was part of a federal criminal investigation into claims of failure to pay rebates to trucking customers.
The FBI and IRS locked down Pilot Flying J headquarters in West Knoxville while executing a search warrant.