26 Mar '12, 10am
SK Foods tomato fraud: founder pleads guilty
- The founder of tomato processor SK Foods in California on Friday pleaded guilty to racketeering and price fixing in a criminal case over a scheme to sell products at inflated prices that ultimately forced up U.S. grocery bills. Frederick Scott Salyer pleaded guilty to two counts of a 12 count indictment before Judge Lawrence K. Karlton at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. Salyer, 56, declined to comment to Reuters after the hearing. He remains free on a $6 million bond. A sentencing hearing before Karlton is scheduled for July 10. According to the plea agreement filed with the court on Friday, the government and defendant agreed Salyer would serve between four and seven years in prison. If the judge sentences him to more than seven years, Salyer may move to withdraw his plea, said assistant U.S. attorney Matthew Segal. A grand jury indicted ...