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Federal affidavit details probe into Haslam-owned Pilot Flying J

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV-AP) -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is standing by his brother even as new and very detailed allegations surface against the family-owned chain of truck stops run by his brother, Jimmy Haslam.

FBI agents raided the Knoxville headquarters of Pilot Flying J this week.

Now, a 120-page affidavit alleges Jimmy Haslam, Pilot CEO and owner of the NFL's Cleveland Browns, knew about a fraud scheme that left bulk fuel customers shortchanged.

The affidavit provides a detailed description of what Pilot employees are accused of doing and how they got caught.

Since the FBI raid, Bill Haslam - who is a shareholder in the company - has said he didn't know why federal authorities were investigating.

Investigators say Pilot was allegedly cheating several trucking companies out of rebate money, but only the ones that weren't "sophisticated" enough to realize what was going on.

According to federal authorities, Pilot managers including Jimmy Haslam knew exactly what was happening.

The investigation started just four months after Bill Haslam took office in 2011.

According to the affidavit, a whistle-blower came forward and eventually agreed to wear an undercover wire for authorities. Fourteen months later, certain employees - including a regional director of sales - ended up offering information in exchange for immunity.

A spokesperson for the governor urged people to reserve their judgment and said, "The governor continues to have absolute faith in his brother's integrity."

An NFL spokesman said Friday in an email that the league is not concerned about the daily operations of the Browns and that "there are no such plans" to have Jimmy Haslam remove himself temporarily from the team during the investigation.

Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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