CEO: Pilot Flying J investigation related to rebates, not taxes

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Updated May 9, 2013

New information from Pilot Flying J’s public relations agency Moxley Carmichael says that the investigation and lockdown of the company’s headquarters Monday “appears to revolve around the application of rebates to a small group of Pilot Flying J trucking company customers.”

In a press conference Tuesday, Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam said the investigation “does not involve…any type of tax issue” to his knowledge. He also said that several subpoenas were issued to members of his sales staff. Click here to see more on Haslam’s press conference in an article from

Haslam also said the company’s suppliers are still working with them and that no truck stops had been affected by the investigation.

The company Tuesday also released a letter to professional truck drivers, saying its priorities still center on customers. “The message  we’ve  sent  to  all  of  our  employees  is  to  “stay  focused  and  do  your  jobs”   taking care of customers — you,” the letter says. “We appreciate your service to our country, your hard work and the many hours you spend on the road.”

Click here to read the full letter.

CCJ reported Monday that Pilot Flying J headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn., were subject to an FBI and IRS raid Monday, in which dozens of agents from the two bureaus locked down the company’s premises and ordered nonessential employees to leave.