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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A third and fourth employee of the truck stop chain owned by the Cleveland Browns owner and Tennessee's governor has pleaded guilty in what authorities call a scheme to cheat trucking firms out of rebates.

Regional sales manager Kevin Wallace Clark pleaded guilty to mail fraud Tuesday in federal court in Knoxville. He was the Regional sales manager for Missouri area from 2009-2013.

His possible sentence is five years in jail, 3 years supervised release, and a $250,000 fine with restitution. He negotiated diesel fuel prices.

Also employee Jay Stinnett, the southeast regional sales manager, pleaded guilty. He was employed from 1995-2013. His possible sentence is 20 years in jail, 3 years supervised release, $150,000 fine, and restitution.

He knowingly lowered rebates to customers who would not catch mistakes and would teach other sales managers to encourage similar practices.

Court records state Clark conspired with others in Pilot Flying J's sales division to short-change trucking companies by thousands of dollars between 2009 and this spring.

Like two other employees previously did, Clark pleaded guilty in an arrangement called an information rather than an indictment. That indicates he's cooperating with investigators.

Watch WBIR-TV video of Omaha truck lines discusses  alleged rebate rip-off in depth

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Pilot Flying J is run by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, the brother of Gov. Bill Haslam. Jimmy Haslam has denied wrongdoing.

The governor maintains he is not involved with operating the company.

Associated Press

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