Below is a letter to The Bee editor in response to the Bee's March 4 article above:
Nobody from the Sacramento Bee ever did their homework concerning what they were told by Raley's. They got caught with their Bee pants down.
In 1973, Charles Collings wasn't very competent. A person would need to know the grocery business inside and out to be able to uncover the kinds of problems on this first page seen below. There was nobody on Raley's payroll at the time when Charles Nordby came aboard in 1973 who had the necessary experience needed to uncover and stop these kinds of problems. NOBODY!
In fact, Mr. Collings was so incompetent that on every Monday morning Tony Ingoglia would demand to be paid for the invoices his company submitted to Raley's the previous week. Raley's faithfully paid those invoices until Nordby discovered the tremendous over-charges while staying at the Marina Inn. Nordby would take boxes of invoices back to his room and find where suppliers were cheating Raley's in almost every imaginable way. Collings had been Raley's bookkeeper for many years.
Oh, speaking about the Marina Inn, wasn't it kind of Raley's to allow "just a security man" Charles Nordby to stay at the Marina Inn at no cost to Nordby...for an entire year and also provided him a company car?