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Old August 29th, 2015 #1
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Post Subway Was Warned about Jared Seven Years Ago

A former Subway franchisee claims she warned Subway about Jared Fogle's sexual interest in children seven years ago and that the sandwich chain did nothing.

Cindy Mills says that Fogle, Subway's pitchman for 15 years, started calling her daily and making disturbing comments in early 2008, shortly after they had met at a Subway function.

"He would just tell me he really liked them young," Mills told Business Insider.

Mills was a Subway franchisee from 2006 to 2012 in Pensacola, Florida.

Fogle was charged last week with possessing and distributing child pornography and traveling across state lines to have sex with minors.

He plans to plead guilty to the crimes and pay $1.4 million in restitution to 14 victims.

Mills says Fogle admitted to her that he'd had sex with minors, telling her about trysts with child prostitutes between the ages of 9 and 16 years old in Thailand and the US.

Mills previously told Business Insider that Fogle allegedly tried to get her to sell herself for sex on Craigslist. When she first spoke with us, she requested anonymity. She said she didn't want more press attention at the time. But now that Fogle's case has been exposed, she says she feels comfortable using her name.

Mills says she shared this information with Subway in 2008 but that the company ignored her complaints. That's when she decided to hire a lawyer.

"I thought, 'This man has a lot of money. Subway has a lot money. They have made each other a lot of money,'" Mills said. "I was worried. I was scared to death."

She asked her lawyer, Robert Beasley, to explore legal action against Subway for a potential breach of the franchiser-franchisee contact.

But Subway couldn't be found culpable, Beasley said, because Fogle wasn't an employee of Subway. Fogle was employed by the Subway Franchisee Advertising Fund Trust, or SFAFT.

SFAFT, which is in charge of Subway's global marketing, was legally viewed as a separate entity from Subway — even though it shares the same address as the company headquarters.

"They have pretty well isolated themselves from Jared's acts," Beasley told Business Insider. "We couldn’t find an avenue to pursue where it would connect his acts and statements to any legal liability to Subway. Combine that with [Mills'] unwillingness to get out in public and say this and you end up staying silent."

Subway didn't respond to a request for comment on this story.

The company said Wednesday that it is investigating whether executives were aware of Fogle's interest in children.

Mills says that when she contacted Subway about Fogle's behavior in 2008, the company directed her to Jeff Moody, then CEO of SFAFT. Mills says that she spoke to Moody on the phone and told him about Fogle's disturbing comments about children.

Mills says Moody cut her off in the middle of the conversation, saying, "Please don't tell me any more."

He indicated that he had dealt with similar complaints in the past, according to Mills.

"He said, 'Don't worry, he has met

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