Browns owner's truck-stop company must pay $92 million fine

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The truck-stop company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has agreed to pay a $92 million penalty for cheating customers out of promised rebates and discounts, authorities announced Monday.

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Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam owner of a truck-stop company made to pay out $92 million in fines for cheating customers out of promised rebates and discounts. The agreement was signed by attorneys for the nation's largest diesel retailer.   FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam owner of a truck-stop company made to pay out $92 million in fines for cheating customers out of promised rebates and discounts. The agreement was signed by attorneys for the nation's largest diesel retailer.

In an agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Pilot Flying J has accepted responsibility for the criminal conduct of its employees, ten of whom have pleaded guilty to participating in the scheme.

For its part, the government has agreed not to prosecute the nation’s largest diesel retailer as long as Pilot abides by the agreement. Among other conditions, Pilot has agreed to cooperate with an ongoing investigation of current and former employees. The agreement does not protect any individual at Pilot from prosecution.

The agreement was signed by U.S. Attorney Bill Killian on Thursday and attorneys for Knoxville-based Pilot on Friday.

MEDIA: Fox Sports says longtime reporter Pam Oliver is being “elevated” to senior correspondent and Erin Andrews will take her place as the sideline reporter for the network’s top NFL announcing team.

Fox Sports president Eric Shanks says Oliver will continue to work as sideline reporter this season with the announcing team of Kevin Burkhardt and analyst John Lynch.

Andrews will take over as the sideline reporter for Fox’s top NFL team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.

COWBOYS: Offensive lineman Ronald Leary pleaded guilty to a first-time drunken driving charge.

He was arrested in suburban Dallas in September 2012 after failing a field sobriety test. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, he was pulled over for multiple traffic violations and on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

He received 18 months of probation and a $1,000 fine.


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