Federal probe into alleged fraud at Jimmy Haslam's Pilot Flying J could continue into October

Prosecutor release status of investigation

KNOXVILLE, TENN. - Federal prosecutors released an updated status on Tuesday of the criminal probe into alleged fraud at Jimmy Haslam's Knoxville-based truck stop company.

Pilot Flying J Headquarters was the target of an FBI raid on April 17, 2013, after federal agents spent nearly two years secretly recording alleged plans to cheat trucking companies out of millions in fuel rebates.

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According to documents filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for Eastern Tennessee, federal prosecutors reported that "status of this matter remains unchanged."

Federal Judge Amal R. Thapar asked both federal prosecutor and defense attorneys last January  to file an updated status report by June 24, 2015, informing the court of the status of the investigation as it relates to 10 Pilot employees who have already pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

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Federal Prosecutor F.M ( Trey ) Hamilton III informed Judge Thapar that "neither party is requesting the court to schedule a sentencing date in this case at this time."

Instead, both parties asked the Judge to set a new date for a revised joint status report by Friday, Oct. 23.

Jimmy Haslam has not been charged with any wrongdoing in this case and has consistently said he was unaware of the alleged fraud.

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Pilot Flying J has agreed to pay a $92 million civil penalty and has agreed to work with federal prosecutors.


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