A Georgia trucking company has filed a class-action lawsuit against Browns owner Jimmy Haslam’s family business, Pilot Flying J, claiming it was duped by Haslam’s salespeople in a rebate program for fuel.


Atlantic Coast Carriers, a tiny trucking company in Hazlehurst, Ga., says in the suit that Pilot Flying J “has benefited from inaccurate rebate procedures for certain clients, including Atlantic Coast and several other clients.’’ The suit, filed in Knox County, Tenn., Circuit Court on Saturday, alleges Haslam’s company “derived funds from a pattern of racketeering activity.’’

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A spokeswoman for Haslam could not be reached today. Attorneys for the company also could not be reached for comment.

It also says Pilot Flying J’s executives and salespeople “conspired to manually reduce the amount of rebate payments due to Atlantic Coast and numerous other customers in order to increase Pilot profits and increase sales commissions of its sales agents, without the consent or knowledge of affected customers.’’

The lawsuit was filed days after FBI agents raided Pilot J’s corporate offices and the homes of salespeople, seeking documents and information about the company’s rebate program.

In an affidavit seeking a federal judge’s permission to search the properties, an FBI agent who works in public corruption and complex white-collar crime said Haslam knew about the years-long fraud committed by top salespeople.