Supporters of Scott Salyer, former owner of SK Foods LP, have unearthed a crucial detail that could prove a bombshell in his case. They allege that food broker Randall Rahal whose reported bribes and kickbacks on Salyer's behalf are a crucial part of the incriminating evidence against Salyer, had an established history of bribes in the industry long before he began his relationship with SK Foods.
Salyer remains on house arrest in Pebble Beach, California awaiting Federal Sentencing, which has now been postponed for three years to the day of his arrest in February 2010, which paved the way for the notorious, corrupt soap opera of a government case known as "Operation Rotten Tomato."
According to Salyer's plea agreement, from "January 2004 to April 2008, Mr. Salyer encouraged Rahal to pay bribes and kickbacks to purchasing officers employed by SK Foods' customers Kraft Foods, Frito-Lay and B&G Foods. The intent was to induce Kraft's Robert Watson, Frito-Lay's Richard Wahl and B&G's Robert Turner to promote the interests of SK Foods over their employers' interests."
According to Salyer's supporters, however, checks written by Randall Rahal or his CPA, Gary Ferrentino (of Weiss, Moskowitz & Ferrentino) to the wife of a B&G Foods employee date back to at least as early as 2004. SK Foods LP was never a supplier of anything to B&G until 2006 and again in 2007.
Salyer's supporters claim that via Randall Rahal of Intramark, SK Foods provided only a very small supply of industrial chili sauce, created by SK Foods, and manufactured at the SK Foods LP factory and delivered to B&G Foods as industrial chili sauce, not processed tomatoes nor tomato paste. This took place only in 2006 and 2007, while checks issued to the wife of Robert Turner date from 2004.