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Jimmy Haslam’s Pilot Flying J, has entered into a Criminal Enforcement Agreement with the government.

Under the agreement the Cleveland Browns owner’s other company will not be prosecuted, as long as Pilot Flying J holds up its end of the deal.

“We, as a company, look forward to putting this whole unfortunate episode behind us, continuing our efforts to rectify the damage done, regaining our customers’ trust, and getting on with our business,” said CEO Jimmy Haslam. “We’ve been committed from the beginning of this to doing the right thing, and that remains our commitment.”

“The past 15 months, since the federal government served a search warrant on the company’s headquarters, have been very trying for all involved,” said Aubrey Harwell, Pilot Flying J’s attorney.  “The company has cooperated fully with the government and will continue to do so.  As to its customers, the company has gone to extraordinary lengths to understand and identify any wrongdoing and make it right.”

“Under the terms of the agreement,” Harwell added, “the company has certain obligations, which it fully intends to fulfill.  We appreciate the diligence the U. S. Attorney’s office has shown in this matter.  It certainly has been no less diligent than our own internal investigation.  I believe this agreement is the result of the good intentions of both sides to do the right thing.”

The deal is to resolve the company’s criminal liability for its rebate scam where employees deceptively withheld diesel fuel price discounts from hundreds of customers.



Article and Picture Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News

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