California Tomato Export Group CTEG - Federal Export License.
In November 2005 the partners were interviewed by the Department of Justice Anti-Trust Division and the Department of Commerce as part of the Export License Application Process. In the meanwhile former FBI Supervisor Donald Vilfer and FBI Special Agent Paul Artley were working behind the scenes on their Operation Rotten Tomato, fabricating a story in order to dub the CTEG partners "co-conspirators".
The Federal Government in Washington DC analyzed every single thing the CTEG Partners did and said as part of the Certification application. This part of the Federal Government were working with real activities and real documents the Application was made in 2005. After completing the application process, the Certificate was signed February 21, 2006 and renewed in 2007 and 2008.