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Browns have no comment on presence of FBI, IRS at headquarters of Pilot Flying J

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Not much is being said by anyone in connection with the presence of FBI and IRS agents at the headquarters of Pilot Flying J, the company founded by the father of Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and, after an absence of several months, run once again by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.

Specifically, the Browns’ official position on the situation is this:  “No comment.”

Via WBIR-TV, Pilot Flying J has issued the following statement:  “As of the afternoon of April 15, FBI officials have sequestered the Pilot Flying J headquarters on Lonas Drive in Knoxville.  At this time, we do not know the nature of the situation.  Pilot Flying J is cooperating fully with the authorities.  Pilot Food Marts, Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J Travel Plazas remain open and continue to serve the public.  Pilot Flying J is confident that the matter will be resolved fully.”

Federal officials have characterized the action as part of an “ongoing investigation” involving the FBI and IRS.

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41 Responses to “Browns have no comment on presence of FBI, IRS at headquarters of Pilot Flying J”
  1. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Apr 15, 2013 6:29 PM

    The wealthy must pay their fair share. We decide you haven’t and we’ll show up at your doorstep. No, really.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 15, 2013 6:30 PM

    By the time they closed in, Flying Jimmy had already cleared the coop.

  3. ironhawk says: Apr 15, 2013 6:37 PM

    Well the IRS being there makes things pretty clear. They must think Pilot flying is cheating on their taxes. Or at least the owner is.

  4. montsta says: Apr 15, 2013 6:42 PM

    Just once I’d like to hear a company release a statement that said, “we have decides not to cooperate with the authorities because this is all crap.” That would be epic.

  5. greysolon says: Apr 15, 2013 6:45 PM

    Have to appreciate the effort you put in to find and crop a pic of Haslam which kinda sorta not really looks like he is trying to block investigative reporter cameras.

  6. orlandodawg says: Apr 15, 2013 6:46 PM

    Well whats the worst thing that can happen? Jimmy Haslam is convicted of Tax Evasion and his sale to the Browns is nullified…..thus turning ownership back over to Randy Lerner…..who then would bring back Mike Holmgren to continue with “THE PROCESS”

  7. noburghfan says: Apr 15, 2013 6:46 PM

    The Tennesee Gov s name is also Haslam , and he just said recently that he could not stick the state with the future costs of ObamaCare ! Coincidence ?

  8. jiveturkeygobbler says: Apr 15, 2013 6:51 PM

    Sure hope Mr. Lerner got that billion dollar check already!

  9. jackblackshairyback says: Apr 15, 2013 6:52 PM

    In September, Haslam stepped down as CEO, he hired John Compton from PepsiCo to run Pilot. Then, in February, Haslam returned to Pilot and effectively removed Compton from the position. Take it for what it’s worth to you, but apparently Compton was doing some shady stuff with company payroll, tweaking full time versus part time status for benefits and bonuses. The IRS is also on the scene there.

  10. nineroutsider says: Apr 15, 2013 6:52 PM

    The Steelers ownership group must feel good.

  11. dennychimes says: Apr 15, 2013 7:11 PM

    They should take members of the Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene with them to clean up those places. Those Truckstops and Travel Plazas are DUMPS!!!!!!!

  12. justintuckrule says: Apr 15, 2013 7:18 PM

    Make no mistake, every NFL team has it’s Flying Pilot J. It’s where they tuck money to make it look like the NFL owners a destitute. Without it, no corporate welfare stadium improvements and no salary cap that actually reflects what these crooks are pulling in.

  13. sbaltimore says: Apr 15, 2013 7:20 PM

    Maybe if the FBI and the IRS looked deeply enough into the Cleveland Browns they could figure out what’s wrong with that team.

    (Then again…maybe not.)

  14. thesteelers says: Apr 15, 2013 7:29 PM

    LOL! We OWN Browns! They cannot do ANYTHING right!

  15. thesteelers says: Apr 15, 2013 7:29 PM

    The factory of sadness.

  16. thesteelers says: Apr 15, 2013 7:31 PM

    Get out your paper bags, Browns fans. When it rains it pours, huh Cleveland?

    We LOL

  17. johnnyjagfan says: Apr 15, 2013 7:34 PM

    This could be rich for stories this season. Can Cleveland catch a break?

  18. tiggerblood says: Apr 15, 2013 7:44 PM

    I hope the exodus of the super wealthy continues From this country to avoid the higher taxes then maybe the common man can have the country back. Oh yea also when all those super wealthy tax dodgers get to their new third world countries I hope a dictator takes control of said countries and seizes all their assets, higher taxes weren’t so bad after all ehh? Pigs.

  19. Slim Charles says: Apr 15, 2013 7:47 PM

    The only crime I’ve ever witnessed at a Flying J has been the lot lizards hanging outside.

  20. thefiesty1 says: Apr 15, 2013 7:58 PM

    Perfect. What else could happen in Cleveland? Whoever is drafted by them should run the other direction as fast as they can. Nothing will ever change in Cleveland.

  21. donnzo says: Apr 15, 2013 7:59 PM

    Cleveland can never catch a break! maybe someday.

  22. bensstinkyfingers says: Apr 15, 2013 8:01 PM

    This type of thing happens all the time. They come into corporations, put it on lockdown, check records to makes sure everything is on the up and up. then they leave. The browns will soon be dominating the afc north, even if their owner is in the pokey.

  23. mackcarrington says: Apr 15, 2013 8:02 PM

    Apparently, it hasn’t occurred to many people that Haslam may have been the one to call in the FBI himself. He may have come back to his company and found something amiss.

  24. bigzant82 says: Apr 15, 2013 8:09 PM

    ugh this is goin ride us all season i hope this isnt another debartolo 49ers type situation?? with the NFL Draft a week away we dont need this

  25. brownsclown says: Apr 15, 2013 8:11 PM

    Rumor has it that Mr. Meticulous, AKA Joe Bummer, Architect of the ‘Dream Team’ reported a tax violation to the IRS. Mike Lombardturd, the Cleveland GM, also reported this violation.

    Both have said they need honesty and transparency to keep the Browns on the bottom rung of the league!

  26. thealbinorhino says: Apr 15, 2013 8:15 PM

    The next time someone from the Steeler organization tries to buy the team, run a credit check.

  27. majormeatcurtains says: Apr 15, 2013 8:16 PM

    jackblackshairyback says: Apr 15, 2013 6:52 PM

    In September, Haslam stepped down as CEO, he hired John Compton from PepsiCo to run Pilot. Then, in February, Haslam returned to Pilot and effectively removed Compton from the position. Take it for what it’s worth to you, but apparently Compton was doing some shady stuff with company payroll, tweaking full time versus part time status for benefits and bonuses. The IRS is also on the scene there
    =================================
    Right. So in 7 months the feds discovered cheating, investigated enough to warrant a response, got the FBI and IRS coordinated and on the same page to make a raid. In seven months. Our government did this. Riiiiight.

  28. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Apr 15, 2013 8:22 PM

    Wouldn’t it be something if “big brother” got wind of what Haslam said his finances were vs. what he filed with the IRS and they are to see what the big difference is. Roger would just love that!

  29. oslograss says: Apr 15, 2013 8:26 PM

    And here I thought a ‘Flying J’ was a wrestling move…

  30. p31squared says: Apr 15, 2013 8:32 PM

    Never trust a guy named Jimmy.

  31. supermadelf says: Apr 15, 2013 8:34 PM

    Anybody who thinks something “Positive” is coming from this is beyond arguing with. Yeah, he went back to the company to “save” it from a guy who was peddling sugar water. How about said peddler happens to be the one who walked in and found a company based in corruption? AND, then was replaced by the bandit that hired him? AND, then narked out our “savior”? Everything about this wreaks like a freaking downtown Cleveland Warf, circa 1969. In my worst nightmares, I could never imagine this crap. Especially on a day like today. F Haslam.

  32. thefox61 says: Apr 15, 2013 8:34 PM

    C’mon, everybody knows they are only there for the coffee and doughnuts…

  33. eagleempire says: Apr 15, 2013 8:38 PM

    Good luck with that mess Rat Man!

  34. darkneptune73 says: Apr 15, 2013 8:40 PM

    I wonder if this has anything to do with the Boston Bombing? Probably not but just a guess.

  35. indywilson40 says: Apr 15, 2013 9:31 PM

    Everything Cleveland touches turns to Brown.

  36. torethatbridgeout says: Apr 15, 2013 9:46 PM

    Funny thing. Lots of Steeler and Raven fans love to post negative, demeaning comments on Browns stories. Look, if my team had been thumping your team regularly for the last decade, I wouldn’t give a wet slap about your squad, and I certainly wouldn’t waste my time piling on. But not Steeler and Raven fans. At first, I thought it was because they were all classless inbreds. And while that may be true, I think there’s something else happening. See, these things turn around; they always do. And I think the thought of a Cleveland Browns powerhouse fills them with terror. They’re getting they’re shots in now, while the getting’s good. Right on. I get it. But pretty soon, you’re going to be soiling yourselves when that team turns the corner. That reckoning, from Browns fans, is going to be fun to watch.

  37. ursuline86 says: Apr 15, 2013 9:54 PM

    Remember what the IRS did to Eddie DeBartolo? Does Haslam have a sister he can give the Browns to who in turn will marry a really smart Attorney who will run the team for her and bring in a Harbaugh brother who will finally lead the Browns to the Super Bowl…

  38. richndc says: Apr 15, 2013 10:03 PM

    Hope he has new kneepads.

  39. ravenatorlikesboysbeeholez says: Apr 15, 2013 10:26 PM

    For the Browns no publicity is bad publicity.

  40. mjkelly77 says: Apr 15, 2013 10:33 PM

    Ahhhhh, Republicans. Always trying to cheat everyone else.

  41. jprcox says: Apr 15, 2013 11:26 PM

    For this action to occur – there had to be some major issues. The fact it is the FBI and IRS would really suggest something staggering. It also means the company wasn’t cooperating, since if they were, there would be no need to come in the way they did.

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