Skip to comments.Finger allegedly bought to try scam - Husband paid $50 to 'create a lawsuit,' court records say
Posted on 05/19/2005 1:18:52 PM PDT by SmithL
Las Vegas -- The husband of Anna Ayala paid a co-worker for his severed fingertip to "create a lawsuit" by planting the digit in food at an unidentified restaurant, San Jose police allege in court records filed Wednesday.
The allegation of a widening conspiracy in the chili-finger case came as The Chronicle identified the injured co-worker as Brian Paul Rossiter and reported the man's mother saying that he gave the finger to Ayala's husband, James Plascencia, to settle a $50 debt.
The co-worker's right ring finger was sheered off after his gloved hand was caught in a mechanical truck hoist at a Las Vegas paving firm on Dec. 20, San Jose police Detective Jose Martinez said in a statement filed Wednesday in Santa Clara County court.
"Plascencia subsequently purchased the injured co-worker's detached finger, and advised that he intended to create a lawsuit by planting the finger in food at an undisclosed restaurant," according to the statement.
The statement supported a new charge against Ayala -- of conspiring to file a false claim against Wendy's after the Las Vegas woman said she bit into the 1 1/2-inch fingertip in a bowl of chili at a franchise in San Jose on March 22.
Ayala, 39, who was arrested in Las Vegas a month after the incident, was charged then with attempted grand theft for allegedly concocting the finger hoax against Wendy's. The charge included an enhanced penalty for causing the fast-food giant to lose more than $2.5 million as sales plummeted after the unappetizing publicity.
Ayala, who remained in Santa Clara County jail after a bid to have her bail lowered was denied in a San Jose courtroom on Wednesday, faces as much as nine years and eight months in prison if convicted of all the Wendy's-related charges and...
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Caught with a finger in the cookie jar. Make her pay restitution for losses at Wendy's. Or better yet, scrub the restaurants floors for the rest of her life with a toothbrush. That will stop this kind of malarky.
Why would you sell your finger in the first place? Sounds like the whole circle of people are insane.
So, when are they gonna bust the husband for at least his part in a conspiracy? Are either of these two illegals?
I don't believe it for a minute. They're just picking on her because she's a little Latina, and not a big, tall white man!
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...wearing a suit. That's what she said at one point - they're picking on my because I'm Latina and not a white man wearing a suit. I love victims.
Don't mind victims as much as I mind people who yowl, screech and whine about their perceived 'victimhood'. It's masochistic, and it makes me want to satisfy their needs with a good sock in the jaw.
"Why would you sell your finger in the first place?"
What else you going to do with it. Wear it on a chain around your neck? Frame it and hang it on the wall? If some idiot wanted to give me $50 for it I would probably take the money too.
Start hacking. I've got a grand.
I thought that they stated that it was a well manicured finger. Not what one would expect for someone that does physical work.
When is/was the Wendy's free Frosty promotion?
Start saving the kiddies teeth as they fall out. Hey,a tooth here,a tooth there could take you on a very nice vacation.
I got a free frosty last Friday. I don't know if they're still giving them away.
This appeared in an allegedly-major newspaper? With Professional Journalists and Editors who are highly-trained instead of sitting around in their pajamas? Shear genius!
Too late for the "kids", but I may start saving my own. There are some strange people bidding on E-Bay. ;)
My bet it was taken to pay the debt... the tailgate story is just a cover. IE pay me or I break your knee caps, take your finger.