Pilot hires independent investigator

Pilot hires independent investigator

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KNOXVILLE (WATE/AP) - The board of directors for Pilot Flying J has selected an attorney to serve as independent counsel while the company is under investigation by the FBI.

Reid Weingarten, a prominent Washington lawyer, was selected for the role of special independent counsel.

According to Pilot's news release, Weingarten was listed earlier this year by the National Law Journal as one of the nation's 100 most influential lawyers, for his representation of high-profile clients like former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein.

Weingarten will helm an internal investigation into diesel fuel rebates, which were the subject of a recent FBI raid.

Pilot Flying J board members also selected Brad Martin, the retired chairman and CEO of Saks, Inc., to serve as the head of a special committee that will work with Weingarten and review his final report.

Martin is the newly appointed interim president of the University of Memphis and a board member of Pilot Flying J.

Gov. Bill Haslam was president of Pilot when he was hired by Martin in 1999 to start up online retail operations for Saks in New York.

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