2 more former Pilot Flying J executives sentenced in fuel rebate scheme

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Two additional former Pilot Flying J executives learned Thursday they will both serve time in jail for their roles in a fuel rebate scheme.

Former vice president Scott Wombold will serve six years in prison and be fined $75,000 after he was convicted of wire fraud. Former customer account representative Heather Jones will serve more than 2.5 years in prison after convictions of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud.

Former president of Pilot Flying J Mark Hazelwood was sentenced on September 26 to 12.5 years in prison and a $750,000 fine for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, wire fraud, and witness tampering.

US Attorney Douglas Overbey’s office says the trial proved a scheme to defraud certain Pilot Flying J trucking customers through false representations and promises of fuel discounts intended to induce customers to buy fuel from Pilot Flying J rather than competitors. The scheme resulted in the customers being cheated out of their promised discounts.

Fourteen other Pilot Flying J executives and employees have pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges related to the scheme. They are still awaiting sentencing.

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