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Calif. exec faces more tomato price-fixing charges

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal grand jury has charged the former owner of a California company with five more felonies in an alleged tomato price-fixing plot involving some of the nation's biggest food chains.

The new counts allege that Frederick Scott Salyer violated antitrust laws by fixing prices or rigging bids for the sale of tomato products to McCain Foods USA Inc., Conagra Foods Inc. and Kraft Foods Inc.

Prosecutors say Salyer bribed purchasing managers to buy tomato products from his company, Monterey-based SK Foods. The 54-year-old Salyer previously pleaded not guilty to seven counts of bribery, conspiracy, racketeering and obstruction of justice that were unsealed in Sacramento federal court in February. Salyer is being held in jail, unable to raise $6 million bail.

 

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