Chattanooga, Tenn. (Feb. 15, 2018) – Bass, Berry & Sims, a leading national law firm, announced today that its client, former Pilot Flying J Vice President Scott Wombold, was acquitted in a jury trial on six of seven counts including conspiracy and making material false statements. In this trial, in which Wombold and three other defendants stood accused of seeking to defraud customers of Pilot Flying J, Wombold was convicted on one count of allegations of wire fraud occurring on February 11, 2011.
John Kelly of Bass, Berry & Sims' Washington, D.C. office, who led Wombold's defense team, stated, "We are grateful to have had the opportunity to represent Mr. Wombold and successfully assert his innocence on almost all of the counts. All along, Mr. Wombold desired only to be judged by a jury of his peers at trial. Today, having done exactly that, he stands vindicated on six of seven counts. We intend to explore Mr. Wombold's appellate options as it relates to the sole count for which he was convicted."
The jury delivered its verdict after more than four days of deliberations in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Senior United States District Judge Curtis Collier presided over the jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
"We would like to thank the jury for its service, which required a great deal of time and attention during what was a lengthy and challenging trial," said Kelly.
Today's decision concludes a trial that spanned more than three months. In addition to Wombold, a former Pilot Flying J president and two former account representatives were tried on charges related to an alleged conspiracy and scheme to defraud trucking companies lasting from 2008 through 2013. The jury's verdict acquitted Wombold of participating in a conspiracy to defraud customers of Pilot Flying J and of making material false statements to government agents.
Wombold was represented by John Kelly, Eli Richardson, David Rivera, Annie Christoff and Rob Platt of Bass, Berry & Sims.
The case is United States v. Mark Hazelwood, et al.
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