At the Scopelitis Transportation Seminar, a meeting of leaders in the trucking industry in Indianapolis today, Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam attended and again told his fellow attendees during what has been described by some photographic and television media sources as a "grilling" that he knew nothing about an alleged fuel rebate scam involving hundreds of Pilot's diesel fuel trucking company contracts, and has said that around 250 customers have been reimbursed for amounts they allege that they should have received. Pilot Corporation is presently the defendant in at least five lawsuits pertaining to the alleged wrongdoing.
Federal affidavits and recordings which were used to substantiate the need for a federal warrant to search the offices of Pilot in Knoxville on April 15th. At least one of the recordings is said to bolster claims that Jimmy Haslam knew about the alleged rebate fraud. Pilot is the defendant in at least seven filed lawsuits over the alleged rebate fraud, five of which have been filed in federal courts. The federal government, however, has yet to file charges against any current or former Pilot employee, including Jimmy Haslam, in relation to the case. Major East Tennessee media sources have been silent about the Pilot case in recent days.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is the brother of the Pilot CEO, and is the former CEO of the family business himself. He owns a share of the company that has never been publicly revealed.