According to numerous news sources, including The Sacramento Bee, F. Scott Salyer, the former owner of SK Foods and Salyer American Fresh Foods in Salinas, CA, was arrested Feb. 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport after getting off a flight from London.
Mr. Salyer went before a judge in Brooklyn Friday, Feb. 5. and was denied bail, according to the newspaper. The Sacramento Bee reported that the owner of the giant food conglomerate that included two tomato processing plants, the fresh vegetable operation in Salinas and many acres of farmland, was secretly charged in the federal court in Sacramento, CA, in early January. The complaint was not unsealed until after Mr. Salyer was arrested Feb. 4.
Among the more serious charges is that Mr. Salyer was involved in the well- publicized bribery case against SK Foods that has yielded a number of arrests and convictions over the past two years. Several SK Foods employees as well as retail buyers have been convicted of fraud relating to the charges. The schemes involved buyers taking bribes to give their processed tomato business to SK Foods.
Last year SK Foods and its two processing plants were sold in a bankruptcy proceedings to a tomato food processor based in Singapore just weeks before the tomato season began. Salyer American went into receivership in May of last year and ceased operating several weeks later.