Pilot Flying J strikes deal to avoid prosecution
The past 15 months since the service of a variety of search warrants on the operations of Pilot Flying J have consisted largely of waiting for the next shoe to drop.
For the first time, news has emerged of a shoe that won’t drop.
According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, the company won’t be prosecuted. The corporation, run by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and founded by his father, has agreed to pay a monetary penalty of $92 million over the next two years and to fully cooperate with the ongoing investigation of fraud against the company’s customers.
While “the company” doesn’t necessarily include Haslam, it’s unlikely that the company would agree to a deal that would result in the payment of $92 million and full cooperation that would in turn get Haslam indicted and potentially convicted.
Multiple employees of the company have pleaded guilty since the scam was exposed, with the feds working their way higher and higher up the ladder.