Eight former employees of Jimmy Haslam’s Pilot Flying J indicted in rebate scheme

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn.– Eight former employees of Jimmy Haslam’s Pilot Flying J are facing federal charges related to a fuel rebate scheme.

Cleveland Browns owner and Pilot CEO Haslam was not among the group indicted.

Continuing coverage of the Pilot Flying J investigation here

Ex-Pilot President Mark Hazelwood and seven others were indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and and nine counts of wire fraud. Hazelwood was also indicted on one count of witness tampering.

The indictment, filed in the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, accuses the employees of sending fraudulent invoices and withholding rebates.

According to the indictment, Hazelwood also tried to convince his administrative assistance not to cooperate for the federal investigation.

Several Pilot Flying J employees have already pleaded guilty.