A member of one of California’s best-known farming families pleaded guilty Friday to federal criminal charges related to a scheme to inflate the prices of tomato products.
Frederick Scott Salyer, founder of tomato processing company SK Foods, pleaded guilty in Sacramento to racketeering and price-fixing charges.
Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, Salyer faces between four and seven years in federal prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced July 10.
Salyer, 56, who lives in Pebble Beach, remains free on $6-million bail. He ran SK Foods from its founding in 1990 until 2009.
Prosecutors had accused Salyer of orchestrating the payment of bribes to purchasing agents for SK Foods’ customers Kraft Foods, Frito-Lay North America Inc. and others to encourage them to purchase his company’s products.