Indictment of Pilot Flying J ex-president, 7 others, unsealed

From the News Sentinel:
After approving an expansion of scheme to defraud small trucking companies of promised diesel fuel rebates, former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood made a prediction, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday.

“We’re all going to be winners for 2013,” the indictment quotes Hazelwood telling sales managers at a November 2012 meeting in which he was secretly recorded.

Hazelwood was arraigned Tuesday on charges including conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud as well as witness tampering in a nearly three-year investigation.

Seven other Pilot employees were named in the 14-count indictment. All eight are accused in the conspiracy count and nine specific charges of wire fraud.

Hazelwood faces an additional charge of witness tampering.

Former Pilot vice president of direct sales Scott Wombold is also charged with three counts of lying to agents with the FBI and IRS Criminal Investigation Division.

Ten former Pilot employees have already pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

In addition to Hazelwood and Wombold, the following former Pilot employees are named in the indictment: John Freeman, who was vice president of sales and who has been identified in an FBI affidavit as the architect of the fuel rebate scheme; Vicki Borden, who supervised various sales support staff; sales representatives Katy Bibee, Heather Jones and Karen Mann; and John Spiewak, who is listed as a former regional sales manager.