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Newest suit says Haslam gave his 'blessing' to Pilot's fraud
Browns owner has denied knowing of rebate fraud
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has pledged to right any wrongs in the Pilot Flying J scandal.
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The newest of nearly two-dozen lawsuits filed against Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and his Pilot Flying J truck stops accuses him of direct involvement in a fraud that cost small trucking companies millions of dollars.

The federal class-action suit was filed today by a Mobile, Ala., firm called Wright Transportation.

According to the Tennesseean, the suit claims Haslam and his company came up with a “nationwide scheme to defraud and cheat” customers by shorting them of promised rebates. It claims Haslam and other executives engaged in racketeering.

Haslam has said he knew nothing about the rebate scams until the FBI raided his company’s Tennessee headquarters in April. But the lawsuit accuses him of giving his “blessing” to it.

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