September 23, 2014

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Authorities: Cake shop laundered food stamps

Transactions that involved food stamps from Shopway Food Mart allegedly happened at Cakes, Candy and Flowers in Elyria, which is pictured. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

ELYRIA — Cakes, Candy and Flowers was allegedly running food stamp transactions for Shopway Food Mart, according to investigators at the Ohio Investigative Unit.

Greg Croft, agent in charge of the Cleveland District Office for the Ohio Department of Public Safety Investigative Unit, said using an EBT card, or electronic food stamp card, for someone else is illegal. It is also illegal to sell an EBT card to someone for cash.

Croft said investigators are still trying to determine why Cakes, Candy and Flowers was making transactions for Shopway, but he said he could not divulge any more information about the case.

No one at Cakes, Candy and Flowers has been charged, but two employees at Shopway were arrested for allegedly selling “spice,” or synthetic marijuana, at the store. More charges may be handed down in relation to the food stamp fraud, according to a news release from the Elyria Police Department.

No EBT cards were found at Cakes, Candy and Flowers, but 12 were found at Shopway after the businesses were raided Tuesday, according to Croft.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.