Three former executives at Pilot Flying J have been sentenced to jail time for their roles in the infamous fuel rebate scam which defrauded trucking companies out of tens of millions of dollars. All three pled guilty to charges brought against them. None of them will serve more than 30 months in prison.
John “Stick” Freeman was the former head of the Pilot sales team. It was he who allegedly led sales meetings where he instructed employees how to go about defrauding trucking companies. Freeman explained his involvement by saying “our culture at the very top was to be hyper-competitive.”
According to his attorney, Freeman became a cooperating witness “on day one.” Because of that cooperation, he was sentenced to only 30 months in prison. He will also have to pay a fine of $100,000 and serve two years of probation.
Vicki Borden, another former executive, will also serve 30 months in prison and two years of probation, but will only have to pay a $75,000 fine.
The former executive with the lightest sentence was regional sales director Brian Mosher. The prosecution called him “one of the government’s most important witnesses.” Mosher has been sentenced to 24 months in prison, two years of probation, and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine.
“I am deeply ashamed of defrauding my friends and customers,” said Mosher during his sentencing hearing on Wednesday. “I have had countless sleepless nights over this.”