Further, the U.S. Attorney's Office claims Manuel did not steal the information as the defense alleged because his position as a Salyer vice president gave him access to it.
“We’re saying the evidence is good,” Horwood said.
Salyer was arrested in February at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, reportedly attempting to flee the country.
He was indicted on seven counts, including racketeering and fraud. His indictment included accusations that he falsified records after learning of a federal investigation of him and his company in 2008, and prior to that had bribed food manufacturers to ensure the sale of his processing tomatoes. He is also accused of mislabeling moldy tomatoes and selling them as viable products.
The FBI's investigation of Salyer and his companies started in August 2005.