The alleged corruption and ongoing drama labyrinth "Operation Rotten Tomato" -- the name Federal investigators gave the case against Scott Salyer -- is certainly leaving a bad taste in the mouth of the former owner and CEO of SK Foods LP, who was charged back in March, along with several associates, with inflating prices of processed tomatoes.
Those familiar with the intricacies of the case allege that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice are involved in the set-up of the produce expert whose testimony was used as evidence against Salyer. The ongoing maze has created major problems for the sentencing process as the Federal Sentencing Guidelines are statute and are incongruent to the terms that the Government has demanded. Scott Salyer's sentencing has been continued to January 8, 2013.
They further allege Holder, who, when confronted with evidence of malfeasance engaged in by the Private Public Partners, opted not to stop it and include the Bank of Montreal, OLAM, 2008 Democratic National Convention Delegate Bill Brandt of Development Specialists, Inc. (DSI) and James Spiotto of Chicago. Salyer's American Grown produce was exported to Canada, Mexico, Italy and other countries.
Salyer's advocates say that like the Private Public Partners, the Chicago Coalition formulated false information in order to conceal the wrongful seizure of the Salyer companies and attempted wrongful death of Salyer.
According to supporters, the Chicago Coalition in fabricating their mob toned PR story against Salyer, involved one of the Private Public Partners' hiring of an FBI Supervisor to railroad Salyer into the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) Statute and enabled Larry Mizera of BMO Capital markets to steer SK Foods LP -- a $550,000,000 company -- into an instant involuntary Chapter 11 Bankruptcy proceeding.
Salyer supporters launched a website which can be accessed from two addresses: www.operationrottentomato.com and www.scott-salyer.com.