Knoxville financial adviser claims firing linked to Pilot probe

NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP) – A Knoxville financial adviser is suing his former employer on claims he was fired for cooperating with the FBI in the investigation of the Pilot Flying J truck stop chain owned by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

The lawsuit filed in Knoxville federal court alleges that John Verble was fired by Morgan Stanley after colleagues confronted him about whether he was cooperating with the FBI.

The lawsuit claims Verble had a role in the eventual guilty pleas of 10 members of the Pilot sales team, though it does not go into specifics. The FBI did not return messages seeking comment Friday.

Morgan Stanley says there’s no basis for the claims and that it will vigorously contest the lawsuit.

Web Extra: Read the full lawsuit [PDF]

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