Two more lawsuits have been filed against Pilot Flying J.
R&R Transportation, a trucking company based in Audubon, Minn., filed a suit in U.S. District Court in that state, alleging that Pilot and several of its executives had committed fraud against R&R in connection with rebates owed to the company, and had engaged in racketeering activity.
The suit specifically alleged that after a government investigation against the company became public, Pilot in a July 1 letter told R&R that an audit had uncovered “a potential discrepancy” in the company’s accounts, and sent R&R a check related to the discrepancies.
Meanwhile, Townes Trucking, of Coffeeville, Miss., filed a suit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, alleging that it was defrauded by Pilot in connection with diesel rebates.
Both lawsuits were filed on July 3 and cited an affidavit that was issued in connection with the ongoing federal investigation, which became public in April.
Five Pilot employees have pleaded guilty to fraud-related charges, and more than a dozen companies have filed civil suits against Pilot.
In the wake of the investigation, Pilot placed several sales employees on leave and hired an independent investigator.