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Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam says he knew nothing about fuel-rebate fraud

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Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam during a press conference last month in Knoxville. Michael Patrick/News Sentinel Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam during a press conference last month in Knoxville. Michael Patrick/News Sentinel

KNOXVILLE, TN (News Sentinel) --Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam told trucking industry leaders Thursday in Indianapolis that he knew nothing about nor did he participate in an alleged fuel-rebate fraud.

He was responding to a question submitted in advance, and it was the first time he took questions about a federal raid on his company's Knoxville headquarters.

A month ago today, FBI and IRS agents executed search warrants to seize files and records from the country's largest travel center operator.

On April 18, federal authorities unsealed search warrants laying out accusations of a scheme to cheat small trucking companies by deliberately shorting customers on promised diesel discounts and rebates. Secret recordings by anonymous informants portrayed sales executives laughing about "playing liar's poker with funny money" and alleged Haslam knew about the fuel-rebate scheme.

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