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Report: Lawsuit accuses Browns owner Jimmy Haslam of giving 'blessing' to Pilot Flying J fraud

By Nate Ulrich Published: July 11, 2013

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Wright Transportation, a trucking company based in Mobile, Ala., filed a proposed class-action lawsuit recently in federal court against Pilot Flying J, the family business of Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, according to reports.

The 37-page complaint, according to the Tennessean, accuses Haslam, Pilot Flying J’s CEO, and other top executives of violating federal racketeering laws, state deceptive trade practices laws “and common laws of unjust enrichment.”

The FBI and Internal Revenue Service raided Pilot Flying J’s headquarters April 15 in Knoxville, Tenn., as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations that the company cheated trucking customers out of millions of dollars of diesel fuel rebates. So far, five Pilot Flying J employees have pleaded guilty to fraud.

Haslam has repeatedly denied any prior knowledge of the scheme. The suit filed by Wright Transportation charges that Haslam gave his “blessing” to the fraud, according to the Tennessean.

Pilot Flying J is facing several other suits. Knoxville TV station WBIR has compiled a list of the suits.

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