Some buyers for Kraft Foods and Frito-Lay are pleading guilty to accepting bribes.
Prosecutors in Sacramento today announced the scheme to drive up food prices.
Robert Watson of White Plains, N.Y., entered his plea to accepting $158,000 from a California-based tomato processor. Watson was a Kraft senior purchasing manager.
James Wahl Jr., a now-former Frito-Lay purchaser from Dallas, agreed to plead guilty to accepting about $160,000.
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Rahal, of Ramsey, N.J., pleaded guilty Dec. 16 to racketeering, price fixing, bid rigging and contract conspiracies. SK Foods has denied wrongdoing.
Kraft and Frito-Lay say prosecutors told them Watson and Wahl are their only employees suspected in the scheme. The companies are not targets of the investigation.