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Officials sentenced in tomato price-fixing scam

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SACRAMENTO — Two former officials with one of the nation's leading tomato processing companies have been sentenced in a federal case.

Randall Rahal of Nantucket, Mass., was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison. Prosecutors say the former SK Foods broker bribed buyers at food giants such as Kraft Foods, Safeway Inc. and Frito-Lay.

Pebble Beach resident Alan Huey, formerly a vice president at SK Foods, was sentenced to three years' probation and 60 days' confinement for directing others to falsely label food products.

The company's owner, Frederick Scott Salyer of Pebble Beach, was sentenced last year to six years in prison for engaging in a price-fixing scam.

Salyer had turned a small canning company he bought from his father into the second-largest tomato processor in California. SK Foods, which has filed for bankruptcy protection, had several processing plants in the Central Valley.

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