Jury To Go Into 4th Day Of Deliberations In Pilot Travel Centers Fraud Case

Jury To Go Into 4th Day Of Deliberations In Pilot Travel Centers Fraud Case

A federal jury in Chattanooga on Wednesday is due to resume deliberations in the fraud trial of four former Pilot Travel Center employees. It will be the fourth day of talks for the panel at the Federal Courthouse on Georgia Avenue.

The jury deliberated over three hours last Wednesday and spent all day on Monday in talks before it was dismissed for the day shortly after 5 p.m. The jury continued talks on Tuesday until going home at 4:30 p.m.

Former president Mark Hazelwood, former national sales director Scott Wombold and inside accountant representatives Heather Jones and Karen Mann face wire and mail fraud charges on allegations of cheating trucking firms out of promised rebates.

The jury had questions late Monday morning, and attorneys were convened. Judge Curtis Collier said the jurors wanted to review the indictments. Attorneys were conferring over another issue raised by the jury.

Jurors had still another question later in the afternoon.

The trial began in early November, but had a number of breaks, including a long holiday season interlude.

Attorneys said those who pled guilty face up to five years in prison, while the four on trial could get up to 20 years.

Attorney Rusty Hardin said Mr. Hazelwood, who made over $27 million his last year with the Knoxville-based firm, could face spending the rest of his life in prison if convicted.