Pilot Flying J OK to Pay Back Customers, Auditors Say
KNOXVILLE, TN — Pilot Flying J’s auditors have checked the travel stop chain’s numbers and found the truckstop correctly calculated the amount owed to trucking companies in the aftermath of a federally-investigated fuel rebate program.
Accounting firm Horne LLP reviewed Pilot Flying J's earlier internal audit as a condition of its federal class action settlement late last year in which the truckstop operator identified companies it owed money to.
Only three months after an FBI raid on Pilot Flying J offices, Horne reviewed almost 8,000 accounts from early 2005 to mid 2013.
Pilot Flying J and its CEO Jimmy Haslam have denied any foul play, with Haslam also denying any knowledge of the suspected scheme to scam customers out of owed money—allegedly funneling those monies into company pockets to inflate profits.
Ten former Pilot Flying J employees have pleaded guilty for their roles in the scheme, but none have been sentenced and are reportedly cooperating with officials who are continuing their investigation.
The truckstop company isn’t out of the woods yet, however, as it still faces several other lawsuits from companies that refused to take Pilot Flying J’s settlement, which is now estimated to cost over $90 million.