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Whistleblower in Pilot Flying J case alleges scheme defrauded U.S. Postal Service

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A whistleblower in the Pilot Flying J case alleges that the U.S. Government was among the entities defrauded in the rebate fraud scheme that led to eight current and former employees to be indicted last year.

According to Matt Lakin of the Knoxville News Sentinel, John Verble, a former Morgan Stanley Smith Barney broker that was an informant for the FBI, claims that the same scheme defrauded the U.S. Postal Service in the same way it defrauded private businesses.

“This (rebate fraud) scheme was revealed to the public in April 2013,” Verble’s lawyer Richard Neely wrote in a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court, “but what was not revealed is that one of Pilot Flying J’s largest customers is the U.S. government, which buys hundreds of thousands of gallons of diesel fuel periodically for use by the Postal Service, and that the U.S. government was defrauded of its rebates in the same fashion as private trucking companies.”

The attorney for Pilot Flying J, Aubrey Harwell, dismissed the accusations and said that restitution has been paid to everyone who was owed money due to the scheme.

Cleveland Browns owner and Pilot Flying J owner Jimmy Haslam was scheduled to give a deposition in the case in December. So far Haslam has avoided being indicted himself in the case.

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10 Responses to “Whistleblower in Pilot Flying J case alleges scheme defrauded U.S. Postal Service”
  1. jshawaii22 says: Feb 14, 2017 3:45 AM

    Unless you’re just plain stupid and get caught, white collar crime pays in the ‘good ol USA’. Always has and always will. And in this case, even when you’re caught red-handed, well, money talks and so far the man at the top walks because he got a lot of $$$$.

  2. Boris Yeltsin says: Feb 14, 2017 6:13 AM

    So like, in this scheme truckers were told to pay now and they were promised something good later (rebate)? But it never came? So if the 2016 Browns season was the “pay now” part…

  3. browns2014man says: Feb 14, 2017 6:41 AM

    This is why I think the Browns are doomed. It starts at the top and I believe Haslam is shady, to say the least.

  4. yooperman says: Feb 14, 2017 8:16 AM

    “The attorney for Pilot Flying J, Aubrey Harwell, dismissed the accusations and said that restitution has been paid to everyone who was owed money due to the scheme.”

    But isn’t the “scheme” a crime?
    So it’s OK rob a bank, store, or person, if you get caught, the give the money back and walk away?

  5. factschecker says: Feb 14, 2017 8:23 AM

    The fans of Cleveland make me want to see the Browns succeed. They deserve a reward for their loyalty. The Browns ownership makes me hope they go 0-64 over the next few years.
    Haslam would ruin any type of feel good story that would come with success in Cleveland.

  6. switchwitch59 says: Feb 14, 2017 8:28 AM

    Haslam = scum sucking toad

  7. upperdecker19 says: Feb 14, 2017 10:53 AM

    When you control the mail, you control…….information!!!

  8. rcali says: Feb 14, 2017 3:28 PM

    Uh on, that check he needs to write to some judges just had another zero added to it.

  9. mapedog1 says: Feb 14, 2017 5:50 PM

    I love how everyone wants the Browns fans to be rewarded after all these years. The Browns fans are the only constant in all the misery. They 100% back Haslam and every bad decision as evidenced by selling out the first home game every year. By proxy, they are stamping their approval each year on all of the offseason moves. They should move the team away from the fans again. Last time the team moved away, it immediately won a Super Bowl in Baltimore when it finally could get away from fans who are clueless about good football.

  10. fairhooker43 says: Feb 14, 2017 6:55 PM

    I’m so sick of everyone coming down on the fans of Cleveland. We didn’t vote the owners in. We are stuck with them. Modell was a jackass. Just look at the chargers jackass owner. Don’t rag on the fans of Cleveland they show up. They are loyal to the Browns not to the owner. Some teams would love their passion! Not these petty posters.

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