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Tomato Defendant in Price-Fixing Scheme Seeks $1.3 Million From Overseas Account

January 24, 2011
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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, according to the Associated Press. 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 postponed a Wednesday hearing on the motion and asked for a response from prosecutors. Andorran authorities won''t release the money because of the criminal case. 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.

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