CLEVELAND -- The exits continue at Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's other business: Pilot Flying J.
WKYC's Sara Shookman has learned that three more employees left Pilot Flying J this week and another two were placed on administrative leave, according to a source close to the company.
They join former PFJ President Mark Hazelwood and Scott "Scooter" Wombold, vice president of national accounts, departures WKYC reported Monday.
All seven employees are named an FBI affidavit that outlined the rebate fraud investigation, released in April 2013.
Ron Carter, Kevin Hanscomb and John Sigurdson were terminated. Heather Jones and Karen Mann, both regional account representatives who work out of the company's Knoxville, Tenn. headquarters, were placed on leave.
Carter served as director of sales for Canada and lives in Canada, according to a federal affidavit released in April 2013. Sigurdson was a regional sales manager and worked in Canada under Carter.
Hanscomb was director of sales for the East Region and worked remotely and lives in Nashville.
Attorneys for four of the former employees did not return calls from our sister station WBIR seeking comment. Jones' attorney, Washington, D.C.-based Ben Vernia, declined to comment.
In a statement to WBIR, Wombold's attorney, John Kelly, said his client "played a key role in helping the company repair many customer relationships during the past 14 months."
He added: "Mr. Wombold's departure from the company is not connected to past guilty pleas entered into by former employees, and any inference that there is a connection is not accurate. Mr. Wombold is grateful for the opportunity to have worked at Pilot Flying J and will assist the company appropriately through this transition. The Company has already stated that it does not comment on personnel matters, and Mr. Wombold respects the company's position and will not offer further comment at this time."
Wombold worked for Pilot for 22 years.
Pilot spokesman Tom Ingram on Tuesday declined to talk about personnel matters but aid the company is "committed to cooperate appropriately with the authorities, and take whatever steps it needs to right things with customers and the company overall."
He added: "It's been playing out for a year and will play out for some time to come. In the meantime, the company is doing extremely well and it's business as usual."
Ten employees have entered guilty pleas, agreeing to cooperate with federal prosecutors.
There have been no indictments in the case.
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