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Tomato defendant seeks $1.3M from overseas account

SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - A former California food company owner indicted in a tomato price-fixing plot is seeking to tap a million-dollar overseas bank account to help pay for his defense.

A motion filed by Frederick Scott Salyer's attorney in federal court last week requests permission to transfer $1.3 million from an account in the European principality of Andorra.

A U.S. District Court judge in Sacramento postponed a Wednesday hearing on the motion and asked for a response from prosecutors.

The Monterey Herald reports that Andorran authorities won't release the money because of the criminal case.

Salyer was charged last year with racketeering, wire fraud and obstruction of justice in an alleged scheme to bribe purchasing managers to buy tomato products from his company, Monterey-based SK Foods.

Salyer has pleaded not guilty.












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