The owner of the Cleveland Browns continues to claim he knew nothing about one of the biggest fraud cases in the United states as 3 more of his employees plead guilty, bringing the total to 5. Haslam has maintained his innocence since the onset of the government's case against Pilot Flying J.
Yesterday in a federal court in Knoxville, Kevin Clark a regional sales manager, account manager Holly Radford and a salesman named Jay Stinnett all entered guilty pleas. This brings the total to five. Five Pilot Flying J employees have pleaded guilty and all 5 of them are reported to be cooperating with authorities as they continue to build their case against Jimmy Haslam III and his company.
The FBI has maintained since the onset, Haslam III knew about the scam his company was running. They are said to have recordings of meetings where Haslam III was present. Now they have 5 people who are willing to help the government to build its case against Haslam.
People will say these people are only turning against Haslam III to get a lighter sentence for themselves. That may be true, but it is very difficult to believe that Jimmy Haslam III knew nothing about what was taking place at the company he runs.
It is only a matter of time before charges are filled. This is going to get very interesting before it is all over.
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