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Finger allegedly bought to try scam - Husband paid $50 to 'create a lawsuit,' court records say
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/19/5 | Alan Gathright, Meredith May

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...

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: California; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: annaayala; ayala; finger; fingerfood; scam; wendys
Ah, the chili plot thickens.
1 posted on 05/19/2005 1:18:53 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

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.


2 posted on 05/19/2005 1:22:47 PM PDT by BigFinn (Livin' in the State of Granola... chock full of fruits, nuts and flakes.)
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To: SmithL
You might be a Redneck if.....

....You've ever used a body part to pay off a small debt.
3 posted on 05/19/2005 1:24:27 PM PDT by HEY4QDEMS
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To: SmithL

Why would you sell your finger in the first place? Sounds like the whole circle of people are insane.


4 posted on 05/19/2005 1:25:46 PM PDT by IMissPresidentReagan ("My Friends we did it....we made a difference. ...All in all not bad, not bad at all." Pres. Reagan)
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To: SmithL

So, when are they gonna bust the husband for at least his part in a conspiracy? Are either of these two illegals?


5 posted on 05/19/2005 1:26:20 PM PDT by hunter112 (Total victory at home and in the Middle East!)
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To: SmithL

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!


6 posted on 05/19/2005 1:28:35 PM PDT by Calico Cat (the simplest solution is usually the correct one)
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To: SmithL

Yanqi ingenuity


7 posted on 05/19/2005 1:30:35 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (Look! Jimmy Carter! History's greatest monster!)
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To: SmithL

Please PM me if you would like on or off my "Creative Debt Reduction Techniques" ping list.


8 posted on 05/19/2005 1:31:07 PM PDT by el_chupacabra (I'm glad you were born.)
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To: Calico Cat

...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.


9 posted on 05/19/2005 1:32:00 PM PDT by mlc9852
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To: mlc9852

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.


10 posted on 05/19/2005 1:35:15 PM PDT by Calico Cat (the simplest solution is usually the correct one)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

"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.


11 posted on 05/19/2005 1:38:05 PM PDT by monday
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To: monday

Start hacking. I've got a grand.


12 posted on 05/19/2005 1:42:38 PM PDT by G.Mason ( Save the Republic from the shallow, demagogic sectarians.)
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To: SmithL

bump


13 posted on 05/19/2005 1:43:53 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: SmithL
"was caught in a mechanical truck hoist"

I thought that they stated that it was a well manicured finger. Not what one would expect for someone that does physical work.

14 posted on 05/19/2005 1:44:17 PM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: SmithL

When is/was the Wendy's free Frosty promotion?


15 posted on 05/19/2005 1:46:32 PM PDT by connectthedots
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To: G.Mason
"Start hacking. I've got a grand."

It will cost a lot more than that to intentionally cut one off. Bidding starts at 2 million. I will take that grand if I ever accidentally lose a finger though;^) What are you going to do with it? I have to warn you, I will cooperate with police if you are planning a scam.
16 posted on 05/19/2005 1:53:53 PM PDT by monday
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To: G.Mason; SmithL

Start saving the kiddies teeth as they fall out. Hey,a tooth here,a tooth there could take you on a very nice vacation.


17 posted on 05/19/2005 1:57:35 PM PDT by Mears (Keep the government out of my face!)
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To: connectthedots

I got a free frosty last Friday. I don't know if they're still giving them away.


18 posted on 05/19/2005 2:03:10 PM PDT by SmithL (Proud Submariner)
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To: SmithL
The co-worker's right ring finger was sheered off

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!

19 posted on 05/19/2005 2:50:04 PM PDT by TheSarce (Liberalism: The irrational, intolerant cult that dare not speak its name.)
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To: monday

LOL!!!


20 posted on 05/19/2005 4:03:33 PM PDT by G.Mason ( Save the Republic from the shallow, demagogic sectarians.)
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To: Mears

Too late for the "kids", but I may start saving my own. There are some strange people bidding on E-Bay. ;)


21 posted on 05/19/2005 4:05:27 PM PDT by G.Mason ( Save the Republic from the shallow, demagogic sectarians.)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

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.


22 posted on 05/23/2005 10:54:03 PM PDT by KingNo155
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