Here is the new press conference from yesterday, Friday 4/19.
Snip; Cleveland Browns owner
and Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam on Friday again denied any wrongdoing and said he wasn't stepping aside
, even as federal authorities alleged that he was aware of a widespread scheme to defraud customers of the truck stop chain.
According to court documents, sales team members said Haslam, who is the older brother of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam
, was aware of at least some instances of employees withholding diesel price rebates and discounts from Pilot customers to boost the company's profits and sales commissions.
Haslam would not answer a reporter's question about whether he had been involved in meetings where rebate fraud was discussed. He shrugged off suggestions he might step down.
"I thought to myself, `Well, why would I do that?' Candidly, I haven't done anything wrong, No. 1,'' Haslam said at the company's headquarters in Knoxville. "No. 2, if there's ever a time the company needs our leadership, it's right now.''Leaders of the sales team derided some clients as unsophisticated, lazy and undeserving of rebates, according to transcripts of secretly recorded conversations.
FBI special agent Robert H. Root said in an affidavit that the practice was known by a variety of euphemisms including "jacking the discount,'' "manual rebates,'' and "screwing'' the customer
.No charges have been filed in the case
. Pilot, a privately-held company that posted $29 billion in revenues in 2012, is the largest diesel retailer in the country.
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