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Trucking companies say they were shorted thousands by Pilot Flying J

7:10 PM, Apr 19, 2013   |    comments
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Trucking companies mentioned in an affidavit as victims to Pilot Flying J's alleged rebate fraud and discount fraud are speaking out.

At least 12 trucking companies are mentioned in the affidavit.

President & CEO of Western Express Paul Wieck said, "I was very disappointed. We view Pilot as a very good vendor. It's just a shame."

In the affidavit, Nashville's Western Express was described as the largest company that noticed it was shorted.

The documents say Western Express audited its bill and realized it was still missing one million dollars.

Instead of paying, Pilot purchased an airplane Western owed money on.

"It's very disappointing in a vendor. I will tell you one thing you need to be aware of... I was not, at the time of everything that occurred in this affidavit, I was not in my current role," Wieck said.

The affidavit also mentions W.N. Morehouse Truck Line in Omaha, NE.

It discovered it had been shorted over a period of seven years, rebates totaling $146,564.55.

During that time, W.N. Morehouse Truck Line had purchased more than four million gallons of diesel fuel from Pilot.

"I'm saddened that we weren't the only company that was being defrauded and I'm disappointed in the people who participated in it," said Curt Morehouse, office manager for W.N. Morehouse Truck Line.

Morehouse went on to say, "I hope that everybody, all the way up to the top, anybody who knew about it and kept it going, I hope that justice takes care of them."

Morehouse said the company no longer participates in the rebate program but still buys fuel from Pilot.

"I think it already is the end because anybody who pays attention will be double-checking and triple-checking not only future dealings with Pilot Flying J but other companies," he said.

Dark Star Transportation in Knoxville did not take part in the rebate program; however, it did have some discounts through Pilot.

Dark Star Transportation is one of several trucking companies reviewing its records.



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