Former SK Foods owner Scott Salyer will likely be released from jail but will face restrictive conditions.

SK Foods exec could be released

According to The Sacramento Bee, U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton, said March 25 that he plans to approve Salyer’s release on bail soon. Karlton said previously he’s concerned about Salyer’s ability to prepare for trial in jail, despite federal prosecutors’ claims Salyer is a major flight risk. Investigators amassed thousands of pages of documents and hundreds of hours of recordings in the case.

Salyer’s attorney, Malcolm Segal, disputed claims by prosecutors that Salyer, a licensed pilot, poses a flight risk, and would be in a better position to prepare for trial under house arrest at his Pebble Beach, Calif., home.

In a statement, The U.S. Attorney’s Office said it would not comment until the judge’s written order is released.

Federal prosecutors allege Salyer, as SK Foods chief executive officer, orchestrated a wide-ranging bribery scheme over 10 years to defraud major food companies by selling adulterated tomato products at inflated prices and bribing purchasing managers.

Salyer has been in federal custody since Feb. 4, when he was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York returning from Zurich, Switzerland. Salyer is currently in the Sacramento County Jail but is having diabetes-related health problems, according to The Sacramento Bee.