Pilot Flying J Reaches Agreement with Feds, To Pay $92 Million

By: WSAZ & The Associated Press Email
By: WSAZ & The Associated Press Email

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The company Pilot Flying J has reached an agreement with the government and will not be facing criminal charges for a for a rebate fraud scheme that stole tens of millions of dollars from trucking companies.

In the Criminal Enforcement Agreement, the company will pay $92 million and will, in turn, not be charged for the scheme.

Ten former employees already have pleaded guilty to the scheme that intentionally short-changed trucking companies on rebates. There could still be more individuals charged, because the deal only protects the company itself.

The company's CEO Jimmy Haslam issued a statement saying, "W 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."

Federal prosecutors say the deal does not affect civil suits against Pilot from customers who claim the company withheld rebates they were owed.

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