Subway announced that they had chosen to end their business relationship with Jared Fogle just before the former spokesperson pled guilty to charges relating to commercial sex with minors as well as the possession and distribution of child pornography earlier this month. But according to a former franchisee of the sandwich shop chain, Subway executives were warned about Fogle’s misconduct as early as 2008.
In an interview with Business Insider, Cindy Mills alleged that Fogle admitted to her that he’d had sex with minors and that he even discussed sexual trysts he had with child prostitutes between the ages of 9 and 16.
According to reports, she contacted the company regarding the disturbing revelation, and she was instructed to speak with Jeff Moody, then CEO of SAFT.
“I thought, ‘This man has a lot of money. Subway has a lot of money. They have made each other a lot of money,'” Mills said. “I was worried. I was scared to death.”
Apparently, she pushed her fears aside and set up an appointment to speak over the phone with Moody, who allegedly swept the entire thing under the rug. According to Mills, Moody cut her off mid-conversation and said, “Please don’t tell me any more.” He indicted that he received similar complaints about Fogle and the past.
“He said, ‘Don’t worry, he has met someone. She is a teacher, and he seems to love her very much, and we think she will help keep him grounded,’” Mills recalled.
Mills also claimed that Fogle tried to convince her that she should sell herself for sex on Craigslist. According to representatives from Subway, there is currently an investigation underway to see if some employees knew about Fogle’s behavior.
“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 rep said in a statement to People. “When we heard about the possibility of a second complainant, we began an investigation that is ongoing.”