Monday, July 15 2013 4:48 PM EDT2013-07-15 20:48:15 GMT
New information involving Browns owner, Jimmy Haslam and his rebate scandal. 19 Action News investigative reporter Scott Taylor just obtained a letter Haslam sent to all Pilot Flying J customers. In it,More >>
New information involving Browns owner, Jimmy Haslam and his rebate scandal.More >>
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -
Our Scott Taylor discovered just
after the FBI raid in April attorneys for National Trucking in Arkansas
approached Pilot Flying J and Jimmy Haslam to discuss a settlement.
National Trucking attorney Don
Barrett tells 19 Action News within two hours Jimmy Haslam responded and now a
federal judge just signed a preliminary approval of the 15 page settlement that
will be final in November.
More than a dozen trucking
companies across the nation accused Pilot of pocketing money from rebate
fuel sales that was owned to them.
The settlement calls for Pilot to
pay back 100% of monies owned with 6% interest.
On Monday Scott Taylor discovered Pilot had already sent out refund checks to every customer they discovered was
owned money after an internal audit.
An independent auditor will
double check Pilot's math but Scott Taylor is told Pilot owes less than 300
companies out of 4500 a total somewhere between $24 and $40 million dollars.
Mike Roberts, one of the lead
attorney's on the settlement for National Trucking tells 19 Action News "Jimmy
Haslam did the right thing for his customers."
Attorney Don Barrett says, "I tip
my hat to Jimmy Haslam. He stepped up to the plate and took responsibility to
make things right."
The FBI is still
investigating. So far 5 pilot employees have pled guilty to federal
Jimmy Haslam says, "This is an
unfortunate time for our customers and our company but we remain committed to
making things 100% right with our customers, to put systems in place to help
ensure this does not happen again, and to re-earn our customers trust."