09 September 2005

Don't Forget to Fingerprint Them

Providing some much-needed closure to the Chilifinger saga from a few months back, the geniuses involved have pleaded guilty to the crime:
Anna Ayala, 39, and Jaime Placencia, 43, pleaded guilty to conspiring to file a false claim and attempted grand theft in a scheme that the Dublin, Ohio-based Wendy's International Inc. claimed cost it $2.5 million in lost sales because of bad publicity.

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Ayala's attorney, Rick Ehler, said she was truly remorseful.

"There are a lot of people that work for Wendy's that were harmed, she always felt a lot of remorse about that," he said.

Ayala claimed to have found the fingertip March 22 while eating chili with her family at a Wendy's in San Jose. Authorities said they believed it was a hoax, but the story of the tasteless finger food quickly circled the globe and became fodder for late-night comedy.

A search for the finger's owner eventually led to one of Placencia's co-workers, who lost it in an industrial accident in Las Vegas, police said.

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Ayala also pleaded guilty to defrauding a woman by selling a motor home she didn't own, and Placencia also pleaded guilty to failing to pay child support.

Ayala faces up to nearly 10 years in state prison when sentenced Nov. 2. Her husband faces up to 13 years behind bars.

Now we can all move on with our lives.

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