JACKSON, Miss. – Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam faces additional fraud allegations involving a Mississippi trucker who claims Haslam’s Pilot Flying J company cheated on fuel rebates.
A class action complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Miss. alleges since 2005, Pilot Flying J Travel Centers withheld “tens of millions of dollars in diesel fuel price rebates and discounts from customers.”
In the complaint, Holmes County, Miss. trucking company owner Mike Cambell claims he “sustained substantial damages” as a result of what he claims was a “nationwide fuel rebate fraud.”
The complaint alleges that “the cumulative amount in controversy for the Plaintiff” and others exceeds $5 million, exclusive of interest and costs.
It’s the second federal class action lawsuit filed by a Mississippi based trucking company.
Haslam has consistently maintained that he had no knowledge of any alleged fraud and has been actively contacting trucking company clients to “make things right.”
Since April 15, 2013 when federal agents raided Haslam’s Knoxville-based company, eight class action lawsuits have been filed, including one in Knox County, Tenn. and seven federal class action lawsuits in Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Illinois and Florida.
A company spokesperson earlier predicted that additional lawsuits would be filed but said the company will not comment on pending litigation.