Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam’s truck-stop company has avoided prosecution for fraud after it reached an agreement with the federal government.
Under the two-year agreement, Pilot Flying J must pay a penalty of $92 million and fully cooperate with the government’s investigation of fraudulent conduct within the company’s diesel fuel sales discount programs.
However, the agreement will not protect any individual, including Haslam, from prosecution.
“We, as a company, look forward to putting this whole unfortunate episode behind us, continuing our efforts to rectify the damage done, regaining our customers’ trust, and getting on with our business,” said Haslam, who has not been charged.
“We’ve been committed from the beginning of this to doing the right thing, and that remains our commitment,” he added.
Entitled “Criminal Enforcement Agreement,” the agreement is neither an indictment nor a finding of guilt but merely states that the company will not be prosecuted under any current circumstances so long as the company complies with the terms of the agreement.
Under the agreement, Pilot Flying J also acknowledges and accepts full responsibility for any criminal conduct committed by its employees, including some personnel involved with the operation and oversight of its direct diesel fuel sales group.
The group is a 90-member division of the company, which has 23,000 employees and 650 retail locations nationwide.
US Attorney Bill Killian warned that Pilot J faces serious consequences if it fails to comply with the agreement,
“It demonstrates quite clearly that no corporation, no matter how big, influential, or wealthy, is above the law,” said Killian.