Trucker files eighth lawsuit against Pilot Flying J

By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer | 5/29/2013

A truck driver from Mississippi has filed a class action lawsuit against Pilot Flying J, making this the eighth suit filed against the truck stop chain since its headquarters were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service in mid-April.

On May 24, Mike Campbell, a resident of Holmes County, MS, filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi in Jackson, alleging he was a victim of the alleged fuel rebate scheme, which surfaced after the search warrant was unsealed in mid-April.

According to court documents, Campbell has been a customer of Pilot’s from Jan. 1, 2005, to the present, and had a diesel fuel rebate or discount program with the truck stop chain.

Since the FBI and the IRS launched their criminal investigation, at least eight civil lawsuits have been filed against Pilot Flying J. In the affidavit unsealed in mid-April, informants cooperating with the FBI alleged that sales staff entered into rebate or discount programs with trucking companies for purchasing a certain volume of fuel each month, but then manually reduced the amounts the company were owed.

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