3 convictions out of 4 in Pilot Flying J verdict

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Three of four former employees of truck stop chain Pilot Flying J have been convicted in connection with a rebate scam.

They have been on trial since November in Federal court in Chattanooga.

Former company President Mark Hazelwood and former account representative Heather Jones were found guilty of conspiracy.

Former company Vice President Scott Wombold and former account representative Karen Mann were found not guilty of conspiracy, but Wombold and Hazlewood were convicted of wire fraud.

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.

“We’re disappointed on that, certainly on count number 2. And look, we’re going to explore and see if we have any appeal issues there.”

Karen Mann said “I’m a little speechless, but, I do give God all the glory, because it was a journey he guided us through. “So today’s a good day?” In a lot of ways yes it is.”

Pilot Flying J is controlled by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

The Haslams were not charged with any wrongdoing.

The governor has not been involved in the company in recent years.

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