Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's travel center company for "many years'' engaged in a fraud scheme to keep money owed to customers as gas rebates, according to documents filed in federal court Thursday.
The documents further say Haslam knew about the fraud committed by top sales officials at his family business, Pilot Flying J, in which employees targeted unsophisticated trucking companies through a rebate program. Federal documents unsealed today also say he was present for discussions about the rebate fraud activities.
If true, what impact does this have on his ownership for the Browns?
04-18-2013 05:35 PM
"Is that bad? It ain't good."
Pretty much - this guy is a deep **** and will be paying some huge fines.
04-18-2013 06:02 PM
Well the Browns could get taken over by the government and sold to someone else.
depends on how much he owes and what he has done.
Pay rebates, pay fines, was he reporting those rebates were out the door? If so he wasn't paying tax on all that extra money. So now tax fraud. Shits adding up.
04-18-2013 06:18 PM
Haha good. It's just a shame that this will probably negatively impact a fan base that has gone through years of hardship.
Pat Sims 90
04-18-2013 06:28 PM
Well it looks like Cleveland will have another new owner. Eddie DeBartolo did lose the 49ers to a extortion charge and I expect the same outcome for Halsem after this gets all resolved if he actually knew this was going on.
robert pancake gallery
04-18-2013 10:45 PM
04-19-2013 12:16 AM
icing on the cake will be if they draft ej manuel with their 6th pick...lol
04-19-2013 09:41 AM
that means joe banner and mike lombardi would be gone too though!!!
04-19-2013 09:45 AM
lol cleveland doing cleveland things.
04-19-2013 11:42 AM
In other news god still hates cleveland
04-19-2013 12:43 PM
Poor Browns, that's all I can say. Poor Browns.
05-01-2013 09:39 AM
Nothing surprising here. Pro sports owners tend to be either ruthless businessmen (and their families). These men/women didn't get into their positions without being smart and perhaps immoral in their actions. These kinds of practices are pervasive in business. That's how the big companies get and stay so big. They push every advantage they can. It's like pro sports. If you're not cheating, you're not trying...