(UPDATED COVERAGE, March 4)
Former SK Foods LP owner Scott Salyer will remain in jail after a judge denied his request for bail.
Salyer was back in court March 3 where his attorney, Malcolm Segal, contested Salyerâs detention and potential as a flight risk, asking the court to release him. Salyer is being held in Sacramento County Jail.
Segal said he is appealing the judgeâs decision, which was based on lingering concerns over Salyerâs finances and recent travels abroad.
â(Salyer) reacted as he always does by staying firm and strong and understanding that there would be an appeal in the case,â Segal said.
Salyer has been in federal custody since Feb. 4 after he was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York returning from Zurich, Switzerland.
A New York magistrate judge denied Salyer bail after federal prosecutors said Salyer had an assistant help move assets to offshore bank accounts and was looking for a permanent home overseas.
That assistant, named in court filings as Jeanne Johnson, provided information federal authorities used to justify denying bail.
In requesting Salyerâs release, Segal claimed in court documents Johnson stole property from Salyerâs home, which she was being paid to watch, and said Salyer planned to remain in California near his adult daughters and newly born grandson.
Segal said Salyer would never leave his family and expects to have the appeal heard quickly along with his request to question the lead FBI agent in the case.
U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner, who supported keeping Salyer locked up, said in court filings that Salyer, who is also a licensed pilot, remains a flight risk having spent most of last year preparing to move out of the country.
Salyer pleaded not guilty to federal racketeering and corruption charges Feb. 26 during his arraignment.
Federal prosecutors allege Salyer orchestrated a wide-ranging bribery scheme over 10 years to defraud major food companies by selling them adulterated tomato products at inflated prices and bribing their purchasing managers.
Several former SK Foods employees have pleaded guilty in connection with the investigation in addition to purchasing managers for Kraft Foods Inc. and Frito-Lay Inc.