Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Flying J and owner of the Cleveland Browns, has agreed to be deposed over ongoing civil lawsuits connected to a rebate fraud scheme carried out by the Haslam family’s $33 billion truck stop chain, reports The Tennessean.
The documents say Jimmy Haslam, brother of Gov. Bill Haslam, would agree to sit for a deposition under specific circumstances. That includes waiting to see how the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rules on a case, and as long as the deposition takes place over the course of one seven-hour day. Brody also requested a coordinated effort across all of the pending civil cases so Haslam is only deposed once.
Jimmy Haslam is being sued by Wright Transportation, an Alabama-based trucking company, and several other companies around the country in connection to the scheme. The Knoxville-based company agreed to rebate deals with many customers, only to not actually provide those rebates. The case has led to 10 guilty pleas to federal indictments, another eight pending federal indictments and more than $100 million in fees and restitution.
Jimmy Haslam has denied knowing about the scheme or having any part in the scheme, and he’s not been charged. Attorneys for Wright Transportation and others believe information gathered by the FBI indicates Jimmy Haslam at least knew of the scheme.