Utah pair admit to metal-in-doughnuts scam, police say
(CBS/AP) DRAPER, Utah - A Utah man and woman who initially told authorities last week that they found broken pieces of razor blades inside their doughnuts were arrested Monday after allegedly admitting that it was all a scam.
Carol Leazer-Hardman, 39, and 35-year-old Michael Condor worked near Smith's grocery store in the suburban town of Draper, where they bought the doughnuts and inserted sharp metal into them. Police said they swallowed the metal-filled doughnuts so they could file a lawsuit and get a financial settlement from the grocery store.
Smith's vice president of public affairs said the store immediately pulled the doughnuts off the shelves as soon as they received the complaint, CBS affiliate KUTV reports. Marsha Gilford said the company was skeptical of the story, but went to great lengths to make sure other packages were not affected.
Police said the pair concocted the scheme after talking with one another about their financial problems, according to KUTV. The suspects are facing charges of aggravated assault and filing a false police report.
Condor is also accused of offering the tainted doughnuts to another woman, who spat it out when she found the shards in her mouth. Police said the victim was not part of the scheme.
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