Pilot Flying J engaged in fraud for many years, Haslam aware, according to report

The Plain Dealer’s John Caniglia is reporting that Jimmy Haslam’s Pilot Flying J travel centers has engaged in fraud for many years, according to an affidavit.

“Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam’s travel center company for “many years” engaged in a fraud scheme to keep money owed to customers as gas rebates, according to documents filed in federal court Thursday,” writes Caniglia. “Employees targeted unsophisticated trucking companies through a rebate program. Federal documents unsealed today also say he was present for discussions about the rebate fraud activities.”

Caniglia describes a 120-page affidavit to a search warrant that says Pilot Flying J sales employees withheld fuel price rebates and discounts in an attempt to boost company profitability as well as personal sales commissions. The most damning evidence may be in the report that Haslam, majority owner of the Cleveland Browns, was aware of the fraud.

The entire affadavit can be read within the original Caniglia report. This story is still developing. Neither the Browns nor Jimmy Haslam (who was in Berea today) have commented about the case.

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  • Harv 21

    that’s my downtick right ^THERE^, pal. Challenge yourself. You’re better than this.

  • http://twitter.com/danimalCarroll Daniel Carroll

    I think this needs to be turned into a short graphic novel…when I first started reading this I thought “oh man someone is going to try to pretend to be a writer with some witty satire”…but then i read it, and its good! Enjoyed this, thanks!

  • architrance

    THIS IS A TRIBE TOWN.

  • OneSadBrownsFan

    We’ll be the first team in history to go through two new regimes in one off season! Go Browns!!

  • CycoChris

    “You took your first pinch like a man and you learn two great things in your life. Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut”

  • Hopwin

    Remember when Haslam punched Weeden in the junk during his first camp? Today all of Cleveland is Weeden.

  • Harv 21

    Beautiful. Kudos.

    I’m again struck by the expression on the missus. “My hubby’s just a people person”? or maybe “It’s just the propecia, Brandon, play on “?