'Tough But Fair' Feds?

A Cleveland newspaper offered a “sorta” profile Sunday of the young federal prosecutors leading the investigation of Pilot Flying J. The Cleveland Plain Dealer is following the case since CEO Jimmy Haslam is the owner of the Cleveland Browns.

No one has been charged in the case following a raid on the company headquarters. A search warrant alleges that some trucking company clients were not paid full rebates if they were not smart enough to figure out what they were owed.

David Lewen, 37, and Francis “Trey” Hamilton, 41, refused comment but the paper interviewed defense attorneys about them. Lewen’s background is in prosecuting major drug rings, while Hamilton specializes in white-collar crime. There are no hints of any drugs involved in the Pilot investigation. The attorneys said Lewen may have been picked because he is used to dealing with multiple defendants and complex cases.

Knoxville attorney James Bell described Lewen as “tough but fair.” Lewen won a 41-year sentence last year for a painkiller clinic operator.

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