The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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April 18, 2013

FBI locks down Pilot Flying J corporate headquarters

The FBI has locked down the Knoxville, Tenn. headquarters of Pilot Flying J, the convenience store and truck stop chain that is planning to build a location along Interstate 71 in Warren County.

Bill Killian, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, told the Journal that four search warrants were executed on Pilot Flying J’s corporate headquarters Monday and the building was locked down. Killian would not comment on what the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service are investigating.

Supervising Special Agent Marshall Stone with the Knoxville FBI office said he also couldn’t comment on the ongoing investigation, but said workers at Pilot Flying J’s headquarters were on the job Tuesday.

The company had the following comment from its CEO on its website.

“The FBI secured our headquarters today and informed us they are investigating Pilot Flying J. We will cooperate appropriately with any and all external investigations and conduct our own,” Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam said. “I believe and trust there has been no wrongdoing. The integrity of our company always has been job 1.”

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