Federal allegations of multi-million dollar fraud have reached to the top of Pilot Flying J, the nation’s largest truck-stop operator. The Knoxville-based company is majority-owned and controlled by the family of Gov. Bill Haslam. The allegations suggest that the truck-stop chain may have deliberately cheated its customers on rebates they were supposed to have earned on diesel-fuel purchases. Jimmy Haslam, the chief executive officer of Pilot Flying J, and the governor’s brother, is also the owner of the Cleveland Browns.
NAFUSA members Tom Dillard, Ed Yarbrough and Hal Hardin are representing some of the Pilot Flying J officials in the ongoing federal investigation. Dillard, shown left, served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee in 1981 and the Northern District of Florida, 1983-1987. He also served as a United States Magistrate in the ED of Tennessee, 1976-1978. He is a partner in the Knoxville firm of Ritchie, Dillard, Davies & Johnson, PC.
Ed Yarbrough, shown below, served as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, 2007-2010. He is a partner in the Nashville firm of Walker Tipps and Malone, PLC.
NAFUSA board member Hal Hardin, shown below left, served as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, 1977-1981. He currently practices in Nashville.