Court documents say sales employees were trained on how to defraud trucking companies of discounts and rebates owed to them by being loyal customers of Pilot Flying J.
Court papers outlining the plea deals say regional sales director Arnold Ralenkotter and regional accounts representative Ashley Smith Judd — the employees who pleaded guilty — were part of the conspiracy to boost profits and pad commissions.
Pilot Flying J, the country’s largest diesel retailer with annual revenues of $31 billion, was founded by the Haslams’ father. Forbes listed the truck stop chain as the 6th largest privately owned company in America.
Jimmy Haslam has denied any wrongdoing and has suspended several members of the sales team. An affidavit unsealed last month shows that a Pilot employee was secretly recorded saying Jimmy Haslam knew what sales people were doing.
The company has launched its own internal investigation, and Jimmy Haslam has said that the review suggested about 5 percent of the company's customers received less rebate money because of manual adjustments by Pilot employees.