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Tomato Price-Fixing Defendant Seeks Access from Overseas Account

January 24, 2011
The Associated Press reports, a former California food company owner indicted in a tomato price-fixing plot is seeking to tap a million-dollar overseas bank account to help pay for his defense. A motion filed by Frederick Scott Salyer''s attorney in federal court requests permission to transfer $1.3 million from an account in the European principality of Andorra. A U.S. District Court judge in Sacramento, Calif., postponed a hearing on the motion and asked for a response from prosecutors. Salyer, who used to own SK Foods Inc., faces racketeering, wire fraud and other charges. Prosecutors allege he fixed prices and rigged bids for the sale of tomato products to McCain Foods USA Inc., ConAgra Foods Inc. and Kraft Foods Inc. Salyer has pleaded not guilty.