Former Pilot Flying J employees plead guilty to fraud

Posted at 5:12 PM, Jul 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-24 17:30:06-04

Four people pleaded guilty Monday for their involvement in defrauding Pilot Flying J trucking company customers through a diesel fuel rebate program.

As part of a plea agreement, Katy Bibee, John Spiewak, Vicki Borden and John Freeman all pleaded guilty on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, wire fraud and witness tampering. 

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They each face up to 20 years in prison for the offenses. 

Jimmy Haslam, the owner of the Cleveland Browns and the CEO of Pilot Flying J, has not been charged in the case and has insisted he was unaware of the fraud. 


Pilot Flying J issued this statement to News 5 regarding the pleas:

We are saddened by news of the pleas of four people who worked for Pilot Flying J acknowledging that they participated in defrauding some of our diesel fuel customers.  After learning of such improper activities more than four years ago, we made whole every customer negatively affected; entered into a Criminal Enforcement Agreement with the government, which included a $92 million penalty; continued to cooperate with the investigation; and made policy, procedure and staff changes to make certain nothing like this happens again. 

It is Pilot Flying J’s commitment to be a great partner to trucking companies across North America, always focusing our undivided attention on the best interests of our customers, team members and business.