Jared Fogle, the disgraced former Subway spokesperson, admitted earlier this month that he had sex with at least two minors and possessed child pornography with some children as young as 6-years-old. The question now is if Subway executives knew about Fogle’s crimes before they became public knowledge.
The sandwich chain has been accused of just that by a former franchise owner, Cindy Mills. She told Business Insider that she warned company executives in 2008 about Jared. Mills said Fogle told her he paid for sex with minors between the ages of 9 and 16 in Thailand while on a trip. After Fogle admitted to her what he had done, Mills said she reached out to a contact in Florida where her store was based.
Cindy Mills then alleges she later talked to Jeff Moody, who was in charge of the Subway Franchisee Advertising Fund Trust at the time, telling him Jared Fogle had talked about paying for sex with minors. Mills claims Moody brushed off those concerns.
In a statement released by Subway, the company says they have no record of Cindy Mills’ complaint to Jeff Moody about Jared Fogle.
“Jeff served as the CEO of the Franchisee Advertising Fund Trust, a separate franchisee-run organization that operated at a separate address and with a separate staff from Subway corporate. As previously stated, we have no record of Cindy Mill’s [sic] complaint to Jeff Moody. We are continuing our investigation into this matter.”
The Huffington Post reports the careful wording of Subway’s statement leaves open the possibility that “Fogle’s sexual interest in minors was a concern” among people involved with the company. A spokesperson for Subway on Saturday staunchly refuted the allegations that company executives were warned about Jared Fogle. The spokesperson also distanced Moody from the company, stating that he was not a member of the management team.
Moody told the Associated Press on Friday that he didn’t know about Jared Fogle’s sexual interest in minors until the news came out this summer. He said “like any decent human being” he was “shocked” and “repulsed” when he learned of Fogle’s “deplorable criminal and sexual behavior with minors.”
In a plea deal, Jared Fogle, father-of-two, has agreed to plead guilty. Fogle could be sentenced up to 12-and-a-half years in prison and will pay $1.4 million in restitution to his victims. Jared also faces a fine up to $500,000. Jared Fogle spent 15 years as a spokesperson for Subway until the sandwich company cut ties with him once the allegations came out.
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