NFL notes: Court documents allege fraud by trucking company of Browns owner

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An FBI affidavit alleges that Pilot Flying J — the country’s largest truck stop chain, owned by the family of new Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam —engaged in a fraud scheme aimed at keeping money owed as rebates to its customers.

According to court documents, current and former employees of the company told authorities that Haslam, who bought the Browns last October for $1.05 billion, knew of the fraud and was present at meetings where it was discussed.

The 120-page affidavit contends that the scheme was in place for five to seven years, that it targeted unsophisticated trucking companies, and that one company lost nearly $150,000 because of it.

Haslam released a statement that said, “I’ve read the affidavits. I now understand more clearly the questions the federal investigators are exploring. ... We will continue to cooperate with the federal investigation and continue our own investigation in these allegations.”

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• Chiefs: Linebacker Orie Lemon, who was promoted from the Cowboys’ practice squad and played in five games for Dallas last season before injuring his hamstring, signed a one-year deal with Kansas City.

• Falcons: Safety William Moore, who signed a five-year, $30 million deal last month, was arrested and booked into jail on a battery charge.

Dolphins: Miami has been given permission to talk to the agent of Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert, who Kansas City is considering trading.

• Giants: Center David Baas had elbow surgery earlier this week to remove bone spurs, according to the New York Daily News. Baas is likely to miss the remainder of the off-season program but is expected to be ready for training camp.

• 49ers: Tight end Cameron Morrah signed a one-year contract.

• Jaguars: Former Titans defensive end Pannel Egboh and safety Chris Banjo were signed after a three-day tryout.

• Thanksgiving lineup: With the release of the NFL schedule, the games for the Thanksgiving Day triple header were announced. The first game, on Fox, is the Packers at the Lions, for their 21st holiday meeting. The middle game, on CBS, is the Raiders at the Cowboys. The nightcap, on NBC, is the Steelers at the Super Bowl champion Ravens.

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