Supporters of Scott Salyer, Former CEO of SK Foods and the Lead Figure in the Government's Labyrinthine 'Operation Rotten

Supporters of Scott Salyer, Former CEO of SK Foods and the Lead Figure in the 
Government's Labyrinthine 'Operation Rotten Tomato'
Case, Speak Out Against Injustice After Sentencing 
SACRAMENTO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/19/13 --  After sentencing Scott
Salyer, former CEO of SK Foods, to six years in federal prison for
his involvement in an alleged price-fixing scam dubbed "Operation
Rotten Tomato," U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence K. Karlton made a
succinct observation that summed up the reaction of Salyer's ardent
The judge said, "Here is a millionaire who risked everything for
nothing. I don't understand it." 
They point out that according to court documents, the government's
claim that Salyer and 10 co-conspirators manipulated the price and
quality of millions of pounds of processed tomatoes -- by dispersing
about $100,000 in bribes -- is exaggerated and never found to be
In the case, it was alleged that the company's market share gains
were the result of hefty bribes paid to some of the nation's largest
manufacturers. Documents show that Chris Rufer of the The Morning
Star Packing Company alleged this, but was actually part of the
conspiracy when his attorney, Dale Campbell of Weintraub, Tobin,
Chediak, Coleman and Grodin, hired FBI Supervisor Donald Vilfer and
planted Morning Star employee Tony Manual inside SK Foods. According
to another document filed by Keker and Van Nest, Salyer and SK Foods
never paid any bribes. 
The AP report on the sentencing read that buyers from Kraft, PepsiCo
Inc.'s Frito-Lay unit, Safeway Inc. and B&G Foods Inc. have pleaded
guilty to accepting bribes in the case. In all, 10 former
employees/customers of SK Foods have pleaded guilty. 
Salyer's supporters say the B&G Foods buyer never pleaded guilty and
is the only "bribe" in Rahal's scheme which could be linked to SK.
This is the $2,000 check referenced in the plea agreement. 
Supporters add that calculations supplied to the court by Keker and
Van Nest prove no financial losses were sustained by anyone. The
hearing on that matter is scheduled before Judge Karlton on March 12,
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