2 More Plead Guilty in Haslam Truck-Stop Chain Probe

Jul 29, 2013

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two more members of the Pilot Flying J sales staff have pleaded guilty to defrauding customers.

The truck-stop chain is owned by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

Monday morning, Regional Sales Manager Michael Scott Fenwick pleaded guilty in federal court in Knoxville to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. The charges are related to a scheme in which Pilot customers were cheated out of the rebates and discounts they were supposed to receive.

Regional Account Representative Janet Welch also pleaded guilty to a mail fraud conspiracy charge.

Five other employees have pleaded guilty to similar charges since an April 15 raid by federal agents on Pilot's headquarters.