Frederick Scott Salyer, who ran one of the nation's largest tomato processing operations until federal agents began to investigate him on bribery and racketeering charges, on Friday will appear in federal court in Sacramento asking to be let out on bail.
Salyer, former head of SK Foods, was arrested Feb. 5 and is being held without bail because the FBI says he was planning to flee overseas.
But his attorney has filed documents in U.S. District Court in Sacramento arguing that he is the victim of a vindictive former employee who made up the story after she stole $500,000 of his belongings -- and his dog -- from Salyer's Pebble Beach mansion.
"The detention order in New York and the no-bail warrant in this District were based entirely on the claims of a disgruntled former employee to the effect that Mr. Salyer intended to flee the United States in October 2009, hide money in these countries and reside in a country without extradition arrangements in this country," attorney Malcolm Segal wrote. "The allegations are false."