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 labyrinth has created major problems for the sentencing process as the Federal Sentencing Guidelines are statute and are incongruent to the terms that the Government have demanded. Scott Salyer's sentencing has been continued to January 8, 2013.

Salyer's supporters believe Holder demonstrated acts of cronyism and that several attempts have been made on Salyer's life, including the befouling of his food with sewage by Sergeant Daniel Morrissey in the Sacramento jail between May and August 2010. Salyer, 56, now suffers from a serious bone marrow condition.

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. The Chicago Coalition is ostensibly comprised of several investment bankers, workout bankers and development professionals, major stock holders of a news outlet and their lawyers, others with Duff & Phelps and the Holder Regime.

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.

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. Allegedly a $2,000 check that FBI informant Randal Rahal reportedly wrote and mailed to the wife of an SK Foods LP customer in 2007 is charged as Racketeering Act 3D in the plea agreement.

Salyer, whose indictment in 2010 rocked the California agricultural world, has remained out of Jail, on a $6 million bond, and will continue to be electronically monitored while under strict house arrest at the residence that once was his home in Pebble Beach, CA. Salyer's family business, well-known in the Golden State for its large scale, fresh produce and cotton farming operation, was founded by the late Clarence Salyer who is credited with the concept of large scale farming in the San Joaquin Valley and served a term as the state's Secretary of Agriculture.