Pilot Flying J sales executive Jay Stinnett, who pleaded guilty to his own role in the rebate scandal, told federal investigators that “senior management” knew of the rebate scheme. He also said that he knew it was dishonest to fraudulently reduce rebates for Pilot Flying J’s trucking customers.
Stinnett, along with other Flying J employees, pleaded guilty to mail fraud charges on Monday, according to the Tennessean. Stinnett agreed to cooperate with investigators, testify in court and hand over any evidence in the case as part of his plea deal. Stinnett was promoted in 2011 to a “new position to advise senior management on operations of the direct sales division.” Before 2011 he worked as Pilot’s southwest region’s sales manager.
Stinnett is now the fifth Pilot Flying J sales staff member who has reached a plea agreement with investigators. New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, the CEO of Pilot Flying J, has denied any knowledge or involvement of the rebate fraud and has maintained that it won’t affect the Browns.