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Two more Pilot Flying J employees plead guilty to federal charges

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If you’re scoring at home, the tally is now up to seven.

That’s the number of Pilot Flying J employees who have pleaded guilty to federal charges in the wake of the corporate customer fraud scandal.

The latest guilty pleas come from Janet Welch and Michael Scott Fenwick.  Welch, according to WATE-TV, cheated up to 50 customers out of up to $1 million.  According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Welch attended a meeting last year that included a “break-out session,” which taught Welch and others “how to defraud, without detection, some of Pilot’s customers who chose to receive their discount in the form of a monthly rebate.”

Fewick, the Western Regional Sales Manager for Pilot Flying J, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

Others who have pleaded guilty committed to cooperating with further efforts to investigate and prosecute the case.  At least one of the other defendants has said that “senior management” was aware of the scam.

The term “senior management” necessarily includes CEO Jimmy Haslam, who also owns the Browns.  Haslam repeatedly has denied knowledge of the scam, and he has projected confidence regarding the outcome of the investigation, as it relates to his liberty and his ongoing ability to own the team.

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  1. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 29, 2013 1:06 PM

    Welch attended a meeting last year that included a “break-out session,” which taught Welch and others “how to defraud, without detection
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    Wow that’s ballsy. I work in the conference business and there are always 3rd party people popping in and out of the rooms, be it venue staff checking on coffee service, audio visual workers etc.

    How could they expect something like that not to come out ?

  2. kane337 says: Jul 29, 2013 1:12 PM

    Put him in jail.

  3. skoobyfl says: Jul 29, 2013 1:15 PM

    The how to cheat & scam others was all booked up, so they ended up in the how to defraud, without detection class (which obviously wasn’t a good one).

  4. jgedgar70 says: Jul 29, 2013 1:29 PM

    Haslam repeatedly has denied knowledge of the scam, and he has projected confidence regarding the outcome of the investigation, as it relates to his liberty and his ongoing ability to own the team.
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    Ah, yes, the Bahgdad Bob Defense – when confronted by a disaster, stand tall and confess that it didn’t happen. As the evidence against you continues to mount, continue to deny, until the disaster appears literally at your doorstep, at which point you cut a plea deal.

    Good luck with it, Jimmy…

  5. thetooloftools says: Jul 29, 2013 1:40 PM

    These people are cutting plea deals because the FBI has iron clad cases against them and they are willing to cut a deal now, rather then go to a jury trial. This looks really bad for Mr. Haslam as at this point it doesn’t look like the FBI is looking to fine him, they are looking to put him behind bars. Mr. Haslam will not be offered a plea deal as he is the biggest fish they are looking to haul in. I wish him well, but this is getting worse and sores for him.

  6. vicnocal says: Jul 29, 2013 1:44 PM

    Is there any HONOR left in the world?

  7. thejuddstir says: Jul 29, 2013 1:51 PM

    They’re comin’ to get you Jimmy!!! There must not be any kind of plea deal on the table for Jimmy as I gotta believe he would otherwise be jumpin’ on it. You can bet he’s screamin’ at his high priced lawyers to “do something, stop this b.s. now, head it off, pay ‘em off, damn it just make it stop!!!!!”

  8. 6ball says: Jul 29, 2013 1:57 PM

    .

    Steroids, doping, mortgage fraud, business fraud, governmental fraud and the list goes on. There was a time in America where winning on the merits and a sense of accomplishment were important.

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  9. therealraider says: Jul 29, 2013 2:01 PM

    vicnocal says:
    Jul 29, 2013 1:44 PM

    Is there any HONOR left in the world?

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    What do you mean by “Honor” exactly? Hara-Kiri? No, that died off along time ago. This is a savage world, get used to it.

  10. gb4mn0 says: Jul 29, 2013 2:01 PM

    Seems conspicuous that the FBI has their sights set on Haslam primarily because he’s a major Republican contributor but when the FBI had John Corzine a major Dummycrap contributor and former Dem Senator dead to rights of defrauding his clients of MF Global out of an estimated $1.2 billion they didn’t seem to have the same zeal in putting him behind bars. More hypocrisy from the left!

  11. realfootballfan says: Jul 29, 2013 2:12 PM

    Hopefully, this scumbag gets what’s coming to him. yea, all these upper management types were just doing this on their own, Jimmy. Nothing worse than a rich cheater. Hopefully, when the NFL picks the next Browns owner, they will do a better job of picking them instead of just rubber stamping another rich idiot already connected to the fraternity.

  12. mrbigass says: Jul 29, 2013 2:56 PM

    Don’t they all proclaim innocence until the last second when they do the perp walk?

    If Jimmy doesn’t go to jail for this it’s because he’s got 25 lawyers workin’ every angle to try and keep him from becoming married to a big gal named Phil………

  13. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 29, 2013 3:19 PM

    @gb4mno,

    Lets not be disingenuous and act like the right isn’t just as hypocritical and corrupt as every single member of congress no matter what their political alignment.

    Look no further than hundreds of billions of no bid contracts handed to Halliburton from which billions disappeared into thin air with the explanation “we don’t know where it went we weren’t equipped to handle that volume of business. Thought we were but sorry.”

    They’re all corrupt to the core. Whoever is in power at any given time targets the other side.

    And by the way, hidden in the IRS “scandle” was that plenty of left wing non-profits were investigated as well.

    As far as Haslam, I find it impossible that he couldn’t have been aware of a company wide scam so blatant and open that they’re having sessions on how to defraud customers at a conference. Seems just as guilty to me as Hernandez seems guilty of murder, ie about 99.9%

  14. mackcarrington says: Jul 29, 2013 3:56 PM

    What relationship do the Flying J employees have to the Cleveland Browns and the NFL?

  15. bigtime1957 says: Jul 29, 2013 4:00 PM

    You know I have been blasting haslam before he even bought the Browns with stolen money, But After clearing my head of all the disdain I have for this man, I have change my opinion a bit, I sit here and can not believe the Media and the fans in Cleveland and there actions to this hole thing is beyond me, Not one cares at all but me, They care more about a football Team they they do about a guy like this owning there Team with stolen money, Gave the Team and the city another black eye, Hired a so called GM who was given that title for a movie, And that the fans do not like at all. and yet this hole city cares less, They have lost there values there morals, and I am very discussed to even say I am from Cleveland born and raised, and what Cleveland has turned into is sad very sad, And then they attack me because I do not support a Team owned by this man, and preach no one should, The fact his company was raised by the FBI and the IRS should have gotten everyone up in arms in this town, But instead they have welcomed him with open arms, and do not get me on the NFL because they are a total disgrace in this matter and I would LOVE to sue them if I had a lawyer that would take on the case, I mean a good one, I do not know any, or I would, I think everyone no matter what Team you root for, No crook should ever be allowed to own our Team or yours and I would stand behind any of your Teams and demand this man be taken out of the NFL right now, I ask you all to get behind me and make a difference in all of our lives, Stand with me, and say enough WE WANT CROOKS OUT OF THE NFL NOW crooks and cheats are not what anyone should want in our sports, Please I beg you all stand with me and tell The NFL and all of media print and every Reporter should stand behind me and demand NFL cvlean up this mess, If not now, Then how bad does it have to get before this so called NFL starts be the funding source for all criminals?

  16. gb4mn0 says: Jul 29, 2013 4:32 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Jul 29, 2013 3:19 PM
    And by the way, hidden in the IRS “scandle” was that plenty of left wing non-profits were investigated as well.

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    Who’s being disingenuous hey? Can you name any “left wing non-profits” that were targeted by the IRS? I doubt it because there are none. Drinking the WH talking points Kool-aid much?

    You WH sycophants wear your vote on your sleeve for this post modern Stalin of a different color as if it is a badge of moral superiority. You’re willing to let the country be steamrolled into tyranny rather than admit you made a horrible mistake in voting for him.

    I’m not disagreeing with your point that both parties are throughly corrupt and I didn’t claim that Haslam is clean either.

  17. natelan69 says: Jul 29, 2013 5:16 PM

    gb4mn0 says:
    Jul 29, 2013 2:01 PM
    Seems conspicuous that the FBI has their sights set on Haslam primarily because he’s a major Republican contributor but when the FBI had John Corzine a major Dummycrap contributor and former Dem Senator dead to rights of defrauding his clients of MF Global out of an estimated $1.2 billion they didn’t seem to have the same zeal in putting him behind bars. More hypocrisy from the left!

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    The bigger question behind your babel, is… Why are so many wealthy Republicans trying to screw over the lower and middle classes…?

  18. crabbies2013 says: Jul 29, 2013 5:30 PM

    The phrase “how to defraud without detection” can actually exonerate Haslam. The point is that the scheme was designed to circumvent internal controls, audit and compliance. Thus someone at Haslam’s level was not informed or could not know the conduct of lower level employees and management while this was occuring.

  19. snikerbotloot says: Jul 29, 2013 5:43 PM

    You cut a deal because the justice system is built to get the guilty plea. If you have money, you can insulate yourself.

  20. floriosbigtoe says: Jul 29, 2013 6:00 PM

    gb4mn0 = Sarah Palin

  21. mogogo1 says: Jul 29, 2013 6:01 PM

    Evaluations for the trainer gave high marks for the “defraud” part of the session though the “without detection” part didn’t score nearly as well.

  22. tmb333 says: Jul 29, 2013 6:17 PM

    I am so sick of folks justify criminal activity of their chosen party by siting criminal activity on the opposition. Why not hold your own camp in check prior to blaming the other side. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

    BTW, Republicans are still furious over IRS scrutiny of non-profit groups with “Tea Party” and “patriots” in their names, but the life of the scandal depends entirely upon the political affiliation of the hundreds of other groups investigated by tax officials.

    Only 25% of the 300 scrutinized groups seeking non-profit status were reportedly affiliated with right-wing causes. Whether the rest aligned with left-leaning causes like abortion and climate change will not be known until the entire list is released. The IRS told Gawker today that the full list has yet to be made public.

    Google if you want to find out things about your own party assuming you want to know.

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