Former Subway Ad Exec Says He Didn’t Know of Fogle’s Acts

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Ex-Subway franchisee ‘warned’ company about Jared years ago.

NEW YORK — A former executive who was in charge of Subway’s advertising says he wasn’t aware of Jared Fogle’s criminal sexual conduct with minors. A former franchisee claims executives in Subway’s advertising unit knew about their famous spokesman’s interest in sex with children going as far back as 2008.

A former owner of a Subway sandwich franchise claims that pervy pitchman Jared Fogle talked to her about paying for sex with minors back in 2008 — but executives turned a deaf ear to her complaints. Jeff Moody, who was CEO of the Subway Franchisee Advertising Fund Trust, says in a statement Friday that he was “shocked” to learn of the “deplorable criminal sexual behavior with minors” to which the former Subway pitchman has agreed to plead guilty. Cindy Mills, a former Subway franchisee, told Business Insider that Fogle told her about his interest in minors and that she then alerted three different executives within Subway’s advertising unit who, she alleges, did pretty much nothing. Cindy Mills, who ran a Subway restaurant franchise in Pensacola, Fla., said she started reaching out to Subway executives about Jared Fogle’s interest in children after he spoke openly about it with her.

The FBI has since subpoenaed an affidavit containing the alleged texts between Mills and Fogle, in which he allegedly tells her she could earn up to $500 per sexual act off Craigslist. “I thought, ‘This man has a lot of money. Moody did not respond to Business Insider’s requests for comment, but Subway previously told the outlet that they had “no record of this allegation.” “When we first heard about an alleged complaint being made to the company about Jared Fogle, we immediately investigated and found no record that this was ever brought to our attention,” the spokeswoman said in an email. On Friday, a spokeswoman said the company “is continuing its investigation regarding any potential concerns it may have received concerning former spokesperson Jared Fogle.

The company has said it does not have a record of the complaints about Fogle by the former franchisee, which were previously reported by Business Insider. Florida journalist Rochelle Herman-Walrond told Gawker that she contacted the FBI after hearing Fogle make disturbing comments about girls in middle school.

While telling Moody about Fogle’s confessions, Mills says that he cut her off, telling her, “Please don’t tell me anymore.” “He said, ‘Don’t worry, he has met someone. Fogle was accused earlier this month of paying for a sex act with a 17-year-old girl and offering to pay her to find him another underage girl — the younger, the better, according to documents detailing the allegations and charges against him. Mills declined a follow-up interview because she never intended the article that came out of her interview with BI to focus on her conversations with Subway’s executives, her lawyer told USA TODAY. “Shes not at all interested in being out there in the public on this angle. Mills went to the F.B.I with compromising texts she had from Fogle after Russell Taylor, the executive director of Fogle’s foundation, was arrested on child pornography in April, Beasley said.

His wife of five years, Katie, filed for divorce that same day. “Obviously, I am extremely shocked and disappointed by the recent developments involving Jared. The agreement with Fogle released by prosecutors last week said Fogle will pay $1.4 million in restitution to 14 minor victims, who will each get $100,000.

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