U.S. District Judge James M. Moody approved a $84.9 million settlement in the Pilot Flying J fuel rebate scandal in a Little Rock, Arkansas courtroom Monday.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn - Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is turning to a 'real life' trucker to defend Pilot Flying J in the wake of a federal probe into alleged fuel rebate cheating.
Trucker Toby Bogard appears on Pilot's specially created web site designed to "inform" the trucking industry of developments in the ongoing FBI probe.
Bogard is described as driving for Con-Way Truckload headquartered in Joplin, Missouri with a fleet of 2,600 tractors and 8,000 trailers.
In the interview, Pilot Flying J asks Bogard whether the federal investigation "has changed your relationship with Pilot Flying J."
"No, the investigation doesn't affect me personally," says Bogard who goes on to say it's his company's main fuel stop.
"I'm going to keep going to Pilot Flying J."
Bogard continues saying, "the media doesn't tell us everything -- I know that."
"They tell us what they want us to think."
Bogard says Pilot is a "driver-driven" company that continues to "make professional drivers happy".
A spokesperson for Con-Way Truckload says it was "unaware" of Bogard's comments but says he was speaking for himself -- not the company.
Con-Way also confirms that it was not affected by the alleged fuel rebate shortages and continues to do business with Pilot Flying J.
Meanwhile,an attorney for Pilot confirms that the number of trucking company "opting out" of a tentative settlement agreement has now reached 150 -- up from 90 last week.
Pilot has offered truckers 100 percent of any fuel rebate shortages, plus six percent interest to settle class action lawsuits.
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