2 found guilty of conspiracy in Pilot Flying J case

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 18, 2018

But he and former account representative Karen Mann were found not guilty of conspiracy.

Former company president Mark Hazelwood, plus an inside sale representative, were found guilty of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Defendant Scott Wombold was found guilty on a single charge of wire fraud and Karen Mann were found not guilty of conspiracy. Wombold was also found not guilty of two counts of wire fraud and three counts of making false statements to federal agents.

Hazelwood was convicted Thursday of conspiring with the Pilot Flying J sales executives who worked under his supervision to convince trucking companies to switch their business to the truck stop giant in return for discounts on diesel fuel they never meant to fully pay.

"We continue to believe he's not guilty and we respectfully disagree with the jury, but we honor it".

While it wasn't the outcome Hazelwood and Jones were looking for, things are looking bright for Mann as the only charge against her was returned not guilty.

Scott Womold's Attorney, John Kelly said "We're obviously very pleased that 6 out of 7 counts, Mr Wombold, who has maintained his innocence throughout this, was vindicated on that". He was found not guilty on that. "And look, we're going to explore and see if we have any appeal issues there".

Three of four former employees of truck stop chain Pilot Flying J who have been on trial since November have been convicted in connection with a rebate scam. Jurors on Wednesday said they had come to an agreement on all charges except one, and the judge instructed them to keep deliberating until they could reach a consensus.

Judge Curtis Collier said that decision will be made by a magistrate in Knoxville on Friday. "I don't want to have to retry this case".

The Allen charge is given when a jury is deadlocked and unable to decide on a verdict.

At the center of the fraud trial is the former president of the nation's largest diesel fuel retailer, Mark Hazelwood, and three of his subordinates. Pilot Flying J's board of directors has confessed criminal responsibility and paid out $92 million in criminal penalties and another $85 million in lawsuit settlements.

A Pilot Flying J spokesperson gave this statement: "Our focus has been on the customers".

"We're disappointed on that, certainly on count number 2".

"At Pilot Flying J, we remain committed to being a great partner to trucking companies across North America and serving our customers, team members and business partners".

Sentencing has been scheduled for June 27 for Hazelwood, Wombold and Jones.

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