Following the raid of Pilot Flying J headquarters by the FBI and IRS Monday, which was part of a federal criminal investigation into claims Pilot Flying J failed to pay rebates to trucking customers, the FBI filed an affidavit Thursday that noted Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam allegedly knew about the rebate fraud, according to an employee identified in the document.
The 120-page document was filed Thursday in federal court in Knoxville, Tenn.
The Washington Post reported that the document identifies the employee only as a confidential source, who told investigators that the rebate scheme was discussed during sales meetings attended by Haslam and Pilot President Mark Hazelwood.
Haslam, also the owner of the Cleveland Browns, released a statement saying, “I’ve read the affidavits. I now understand more clearly the questions the federal investigators are exploring.
“I maintain that the foundation of this company is built on its integrity and that any willful wrongdoing by any employee of this company at any time is intolerable.
“We will continue to cooperate with the federal investigation and continue our own investigation in these allegations.
“I value the relationships we have with our customers, our vendors and our team members across this country and regret that they have to go through this with us, but I trust and believe their faith in this company and its principles has never been misplaced.”