Judge Approves Pilot Flying J Settlements
A federal judge has approved 84.9 million dollars in payments to settle claims that the truck stop chain owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam cheated trucking companies out of promised fuel rebates.
The payments include interest on money due to 6 thousand companies that purchased fuel from Pilot Flying J since 2005. Company attorneys say Haslam and upper management did not know about a scheme to cheat customers and any wrongdoing was confined to a limited number of people. Seven sales officials have pleaded guilty to criminal charges and two others are cooperating with federal investigators.