The FBI and Internal Revenue Service locked down Pilot Flying J headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn., this afternoon while executing a search warrant, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.
“All I can say is that the FBI asked us to have some officers assist them with a search warrant,” Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch told the News Sentinel. Media were barred from Pilot Flying J’s campus, and employees were being escorted off the grounds, according to the report.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is the CEO of Pilot Flying J. He and his family own the truck-stop empire.
“The FBI secured our headquarters today and informed us they are investigating Pilot Flying J,” Haslam said in an e-mail to the News Sentinel. “We will cooperate appropriately with any and all external investigations and conduct our own. I believe and trust there has been no wrongdoing. The integrity of our company always has been job number one.”
Moxley Carmichael, a public relations firm, released the following statement from Pilot Flying J this afternoon:
"As of the afternoon of April 15, FBI officials have sequestered the Pilot Flying J headquarters on Lonas Drive in Knoxville.
"At this time, we do not know the nature of the situation. Pilot Flying J is cooperating fully with the authorities.
"Pilot Food Marts, Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J Travel Plazas remain open and continue to serve the public.
"Pilot Flying J is confident that the matter will be resolved fully."
Browns vice president of media relations Neal Gulkis said the team has no comment regarding the situation.