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.