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Browns owner Haslam to pay $92M fine

Browns owner Haslam to pay $92M fine

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam answers questions during a news-conference Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Berea, Ohio. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Tony Dejak

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say the truck-stop company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has agreed to pay $92 million in fines for cheating customers out of promised rebates and discounts.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Pilot Flying J has accepted responsibility for the criminal conduct of its employees, ten of whom have pleaded guilty to participating in the scheme.

The agreement was signed by attorneys for the nation’s largest diesel retailer Friday. The agreement does not protect any individual at Pilot from prosecution and requires the company to cooperate with an ongoing investigation of current and former employees.

Jimmy Haslam has said he was unaware of the scheme. Tenn. Gov. Bill Haslam is not involved in Pilot’s day-to-day operations.
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