SOURCE: Supporters of Scott Salyer

August 07, 2012 12:57 ET

Trouble From the Top on Down: Supporters of Scott Salyer, the Controversial Figure Behind the Labyrinthine "Operation Rotten Tomato," Allege That U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Dept. of Justice Are Involved in the Set-Up of a Major Produce Expert

Supporters of the Former Owner and CEO of SK Foods Have Launched a Website That Includes Details of the Entire Case and Regular Updates

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 7, 2012) - As Scott Salyer, the central figure in the controversial case that federal investigators call Operation Rotten Tomato, awaits sentencing, his supporters believe there may be more rotten tomatoes -- some at the top of the justice chain -- than they first realized. 

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, charged, along with several associates, with inflating prices of processed tomatoes.

They believe there were serious missteps by Holder, who, when confronted with evidence of malfeasance engaged in by the Private Public Partners, opted not to stop it.

Salyer's supporters claim to have located comments from Malcolm Segal; the Justice Department website pleas they were able to "knock out"; and the email from former FBI Supervisor Donald Vilfer to FBI Special Agent Paul Artley (lead investigator) regarding what they want SK Foods LP employees to plead to and the redistribution of Salyer's assets among their partners. 

Also uncovered is an outline handed to Holder in Washington, DC in May 2011 and a document showing "relabeling" was a rumor.

On March 23, 2012, Salyer, signed a Plea Agreement, for two counts of what was a 12 count indictment before Judge Lawrence K. Karlton at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. Sentencing, which was postponed to September 5, 2012 has been continued again to October 17, 2012 or a later date.

Supporters of Salyer have launched a website: www.operationrottentomato.com and www.scott-salyer.com.

The website's email address is OperationRottenTomato@gmail.com.

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