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That's alotta tomatoes: Bail set at $6 million for tomato tycoon

March 27, 2010 | 11:17 am

Conveyorbelt A federal judge set bail at $6 million on Friday for tomato scion Frederick Scott Salyer, the former SK Foods owner charged with multiple counts of racketeering, conspiracy and fraud.

Salyer, who was arrested Feb. 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, is accused of masterminding a scheme to defraud large food companies by bribing their employees to purchase inferior tomato products from his Lemoore, Calif., company.

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-- Marc Lifsher

Photo: The conveyor belt at a tomato paste production facility. Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times