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City Shuts Down Popular Candy Factory Days Before Easter

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The City of Philadelphia has shut down a popular candy company in the Kensington section of the city.

The Department of Revenue revoked the business license of Blasius Chocolate Factory.

Currently, a cease operations stop work order is hanging on the door, just days before Easter.

Officials say the company was delinquent in taxes.

The owner, Phil Kerwick says, “ I was attempting to pay these taxes, I sent them all of the tax forms. I had a hearing last week, April 9th, and the city didn’t show. They postponed it until April 28. They’re out to close my business down for my past political actions. I was a ward leader who has testified against a lot of corruption to the FBI and brought out all the corruption that goes on in the courts in this city.”

The city says Blasius was first issued a cease operation order back in December 2013 and since then the business has received five additional cease operation orders.

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