Jan 11, 2013; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III during a press conference at the team

Latest on Federal Investigation Of Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam


It’s been a hectic first year on the job for Cleveland Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam, who continues to watch helplessly while the FBI and IRS continue to investigate his company, Pilot Flying J Headquarters.

They are alleging the company engaged in a fraud scheme for many years to keep money owed to customers as gas rebates.

Documents filed by the FBI in court last year claim Haslam was aware of the fraud scheme, “committed by top sales officials” at his family business. They also allege Haslam was present for discussions about the fraudulent activities.

The latest report from Cleveland.com is that one of Haslam’s top executives at PFJ, Brian Mosher, is going to plead guilty to charges of complicity to commit mail fraud and wire fraud:

Brian Mosher, the company’s national director of sales, was one of three former employees who pleaded guilty to fraud-related charges in U.S. District Court in Knoxville, Tenn., involving the family company of Haslam. The others, Christopher Andrews and Lexie Holden, bring the number of people charged in the case to 10.

The report says that several of those pleading guilty are now going to work with authorities to ensure all of those who are involved in this string of criminal activities are brought to justice.

If Haslam is in fact guilty of being a part of this, it looks like it’s only a matter of when, not if he’ll be charged. That would certainly lead to him losing ownership of the team.

The Browns were repeatedly turned-down by head-coaching candidates this offseason, and on has to wonder if they saw the writing on the wall and didn’t want to be apart of this mess when it hits the fan.

 

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