Trial date for former Pilot Flying J employees delayed to October 2017

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A federal court has ruled to delay the trial for eight former Pilot Flying J employees charged with fraud and witness tampering.

A judge ruled to move the trial from April 11, 2016 to October 24, 2017. Vice President of Direct Sales Scott “Scooter” Wombold, former Vice President of Sales John “Stick” Freeman, District Sales Director Vicki Borden, Direct Sales Regional Sales Manager John Spiewak and Direct Sales Account Representatives Katy Bibee, Heather Jones and Karen Mann filed the motion, asking for a continuance because of the complex nature of the case.More:

The former employees were charged with fraud and witness tampering in early February. According to the indictment, the charges are related to a multi-million dollar scheme where the employees tricked trucking companies into thinking they were getting fuel rebates. The indictment claims the employees were really raking in the extra commission.Previous story:Former Pilot Flying J president charged with fraud, witness tampering

The motion claims “the scope of the investigation and prosecution is broad.” The indictments refer to more than a dozen unnamed witnesses, eight alleged acts of conspiracy and numerous other acts not specifically charged as well as more than 300 potential victims across the country. Those charged are asking to wave their right to a speedy trial in order to allow their counsel adequate time to prepare for trial.

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