Salesman says he told truckstop president about fraud

In this Feb. 9, 2016 file photo, Pilot Flying J vice president of direct sales Scott Wombold, right, leaves federal court after being arraigned in Knoxville, Tenn. Four former executives, including former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood, and ex-vice president Wombold, go on trial in Chattanooga on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. (Michael Patrick /Knoxville News Sentinel via AP, File)

A former sales executive for the truck stop chain Pilot Flying J has testified that he told the company's former president that colleagues cheated a trucking company.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Dan Peyton said on Thursday he told former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood that a customer had been cheated and Hazelwood responded by saying he would take care of it.

The testimony is part of a fraud trial for four former executives, including Hazelwood, who are accused in a scheme to shortchange trucking customers on diesel rebates.

Pilot Flying J is controlled by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. The Haslams haven't been charged with any wrongdoing and the governor hasn't been involved with the company's business activities in recent years.

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