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Guilty pleas in Pilot investigation may lead to new targets

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Pilot Flying J's corporate offices in Knoxville. Photo by Michael Patrick/News Sentinel Pilot Flying J's corporate offices in Knoxville. Photo by Michael Patrick/News Sentinel
KNOXVILLE (News Sentinel) -

The Pilot Flying J employees who entered guilty pleas Wednesday aren't at the top of the company's corporate ladder.

Pilot's upper-level executives shouldn't necessarily rest easy, though.

Criminal defense experts said Wednesday that the pleas from Northeast regional sales director Arnold "Arnie" Ralenkotter and account representative Ashley Judd indicate that the government is eyeing bigger targets.

"I would suspect (prosecutors are) targeting the company and the highest executives of the firm," said David Raybin, a white-collar defense attorney based in Nashville. "That's what I infer from this."

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