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Pilot Flying J Gas Rebate Fraud- Class Action Lawsuit

Pilot Flying J Gas Rebate Fraud - Class Action Lawsuit

Pilot Flying J Gas Rebate Fraud - Class Action Lawsuit

Pilot Flying J Gas Rebate Fraud - Class Action Lawsuit

Parker Waichman LLP is investigating a potential class action lawsuit on behalf of Pilot Flying J customers who have been allegedly cheated out of gas rebates. Pilot Flying J is the largest chain of truck stops in the United States. The CEO of the company and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam allegedly knew about the fraud. Reports suggest that some companies have lost as much as $1 million due to the alleged scheme. The federal government has been investigating the company and alleges that Pilot Flying J has been involved in fraud for many years. If you or someone you know owns a trucking business that had a discount rebate agreement with Pilot Flying J, you may have valuable legal rights. Call Parker Waichman LLP today for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case.

Pilot Flying J Being Investigated over Allegations of Gas Rebate Fraud

Pilot Flying J is the 5th largest private corporation in the United States. Allegedly, the travel center company has been defrauding trucking companies with whom it had a discount rebate agreement. Pilot Flying J allegedly violated this discount rebate agreement by deceptively withholding diesel fuel price rebates and discounts from customers. The federal government has investigated the company over these allegations.

On April 18, 2013, documents filed in federal court alleged that Pilot Flying J has engaged in fraud for many years in order to keep millions of dollars owed to customers in the form of gas rebates. Jimmy Haslam, who is the owner of the Cleveland Browns and CEO of the company, was allegedly aware of the fraud conducted by top sales officials. The affidavit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Knoxville, Tennessee, alleges that sales employees at the company withheld fuel price rebates and discounts from companies to increase revenue and boost their own commissions. For instance, the document said, if a customer was owed $10,000 for a rebate, Pilot Flying J would give them $7,500. According to the affidavit “the rebate fraud has occurred with the knowledge of Pilot’s current President Mark Hazelwood and Pilot’s Chief Executive Officer James A. “Jimmy” Haslam III, due to the fact that the rebate fraud-related activities have been discussed during sales meetings in Knoxville, Tenn., in which Hazelwood and Haslam have been present.”

The FBI and IRS used the affidavit to investigate several Pilot Flying J buildings over the alleged scheme, which appears to have taken place for seven years as of April 2013. One company has reported losing nearly $150,000 throughout that time, according to the document. Another company, Western Express of Nashville, says it was cheated $1 million.

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Legal Help for Pilot Flying J Customers

If you own a trucking company that had a discount rebate agreement with Pilot Flying J, you may have valuable legal rights. Please fill out our online form or call 1(800)-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) to speak with one of our experienced class action attorneys today.



 

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Two Plead Guilty to Pilot Flying J Scam

May 30, 2013
Two employees of Pilot Flying J just pleaded guilty to so-called “jacking,” or scamming the company’s customers out of gas rebates. Tennessee’s governor, Bill Haslam, and Jimmy Haslam, owner of the Cleveland Browns, own the truck stop chain. Court documents detail the plea deals and indicate that the regional sales director, Arnold Ralenkotter, and the regional accounts representative, Ashley Smith Judd, collaborated on the conspiracy to increase profits and pad...

Rebate Scam Allegedly Earned Millions for Truck Stop Operator Pilot Flying J

Apr 23, 2013
Pilot Flying J truck stop chain is the subject of a fraud investigation by the FBI, which is looking into an alleged scam involving Pilot executives stealing millions of dollars owed to customers in the form of gas rebates to boost the company’s bottom line and also fatten their commissions. The investigation roared into the public’s eyesight last week, when federal agents raided the company’s West Knoxville, Tenn.-based corporate headquarters. A 120-page federal search...

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