Here we go, just broke 20 min ago
They are facing 20 year in jail. Read that last line I highlighted. They will try to get these guys to roll so they can take down the top brass.
Snip;Two Pilot Flying J sales executives pleaded guilty today to federal charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud for their role in sending fraudulent rebate checks "to certain targeted Pilot customers,'' the charges said.
Arnold Ralenkotter, a regional sales director in Hebron, Ky., and Ashley Judd, an account executive in Knoxville, entered their pleas in U.S. District Court in Knoxville, Tenn. No dates have been set for their sentencing.
They became the first people charged in the two-year investigation of Pilot Flying, the company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.
The charges said the primary purpose of the conspiracy was to increase the commissions of Pilot's direct sales staff and increase the company's profits. Ralenkotter's home was one of several sites searched by federal agents in April. The main sites of the raid took place at Pilot Flying J's main offices.
Haslam has said he had no knowledge of the scheme, which is contradicted by a FBI affidavit used to obtain a judge's permission to search Pilot Flying J, Ralenkotter's home and other sites.
The charges say that Pilot Flying J had a mandatory sales meeting in Knoxville in November. Ralenkotter attended a breakout session in which a top Pilot sales official "encouraged and taught Pilot direct sales personnel how to defraud, without detection, some of Pilot's customers who chose to receive their discounts in the form of a rebate check.''
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