On Tuesday three additional Pilot Flying J employees pleaded guilty in a federal case tied to the ongoing investigation of the fuel company for rebate fraud.
So far a total of five Pilot Flying J employees have pleaded guilty to charges related to the rebate fraud scheme.
Kevin Wallace Clark was among the three who pleaded guilty Tuesday. Clark handled an account for W.N. Morehouse Truck Line in Nebraska. In April 10News visited Morehouse and discussed the rebate scheme in-depth with manager and owner Curt Morehouse.
10News spoke to Morehouse again on Tuesday afternoon about the guilty pleas. Curt Morehouse expressed mixed opinions about Clark, saying he felt like the Pilot employee seemed to be a good person.
"I think he probably got caught up in a culture at the company where if you weren't doing it [rebate fraud], you were probably going to be let go or be made fun of," said Morehouse in a telephone interview Tuesday. "Until I read the affidavits I didn't think he [Clark] would be involved, but apparently he was."
Morehouse Truck Line was short-changed more than $140,000 in owed rebates, despite Morehouse's utilization of computer software that tracks and monitors fuel prices. Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam has since repaid Morehouse the money it was owed.
In affidavits that contain transcripts of secretly recorded
conversations, Clark is quoted as inheriting several accounts that were
previously set up to be defrauded by Brian Mosher. Those accounts
include W.N. Morehouse Truck Line. Mosher stopped serving as sales rep when he was promoted within the company. Affidavits list Mosher as Director of National Sales.
"I'm just waiting for the call to say Brian Mosher is in prison," said Morehouse. "That's the call that I want. He was Kevin's boss and our former sales rep. That's why my anger is mostly directed at Brian Mosher because he was the one who started doing it when we were already a customer of theirs."
Morehouse reiterated his company does not have any plans to file lawsuits against Pilot Flying J.
"As far as I'm concerned, this matter is closed from our company's standpoint because we were paid what we were owed. We are not getting involved in lawsuits. We'll leave everything else from here on out to the legal system," said Morehouse. "I am glad the justice system is moving forward."
10News contacted a Pilot spokesperson to ask if Mosher is one of the employees that was placed on administrative leave. The spokesperson reiterated Pilot is a private company that will not disclose the status of any of its employees, including identifying those who were placed on leave.