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Guilty plea in Wendy's chili finger case
Knight Ridder ^ | 9/9/5 | Chuck Carroll

Posted on 09/09/2005 12:59:41 PM PDT by SmithL

Anna Ayala has pleaded guilty to charges she planted a human finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili as part of a scheme to defraud the fast food chain.

The deal was reached this morning in a San Jose courthouse. Ayala also pleaded guilty to a unrelated charge that she defrauded a San Jose woman in a mobile home sale.

Ayala's husband, Jaime Plascencia, is also expected to plead guilty. But discussions regarding that deal haven't been completed yet.

Plascencia and Ayala had been charged with two felony charges in connection with the Wendy's case: conspiracy to file a false charge and attempted grand theft with damages exceeding $2.5 million. Prosecutors contend they meant to extract a large amount of money from Wendy's in a settlement and cost the company and its employees a great deal of money because of the bad publicity.

The maximum penalty for those counts is more than nine years for Ayala and 13 years for Plascencia.

Ayala was also charged with grand theft for selling a mobile home that she did not own.

Ayala's claim to have found a partial severed human finger in a bowl of chili she ordered at a San Jose Wendy's restaurant in March was widely publicized. Prosecutors believe she and her husband hoped to cash in with a large legal settlement from Wendy's, and insist they are prepared to prove every allegation against the couple.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: anaayala; chilifinger; fingerfood; guilty; pullthis; wendys; wheresmyfinger
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1 posted on 09/09/2005 12:59:41 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

I blame Mayor Nagin.


2 posted on 09/09/2005 1:02:05 PM PDT by rightwinggoth
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To: SmithL

There better be jail time involved...


3 posted on 09/09/2005 1:02:26 PM PDT by Pessimist
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To: SmithL

After the criminal case, I hope Wendy's sues Ayala for "intentional torts" of perjury, conspiracy to fraud, slander...even if they can collect nothing. And Ayala's lawyer ought to come in for some serious scrutiny.


4 posted on 09/09/2005 1:03:16 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: SmithL

As it turns out, Ayala has a litigious history. She has filed claims against several corporations, including a former employer and General Motors, though it is unclear from court records whether she received any money. She said she got $30,000 from El Pollo Loco after her 13-year-old daughter got sick at one of the chain's Las Vegas-area restaurants. But El Pollo Loco spokeswoman Julie Weeks said last week that the company reviewed Ayala's February 2004 claim and paid her nothing.


5 posted on 09/09/2005 1:04:45 PM PDT by AMERIKA
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To: SmithL

Judge: "If you would, please point to the victim."


6 posted on 09/09/2005 1:04:50 PM PDT by YouPosting2Me
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To: SmithL

Why should the pig get a "deal"? She did millions and millions of dollars in damages.

Shakespeare was right....


7 posted on 09/09/2005 1:05:17 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn (Help control the Leftist population. Have them spayed or neutered. )
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To: Pessimist
There better be jail time involved...

I'm pessimistic.
8 posted on 09/09/2005 1:05:19 PM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: rightwinggoth

Why? It's obviously Bush's fault.


9 posted on 09/09/2005 1:05:35 PM PDT by InsensitiveConservative
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To: AMERIKA

Grifer


10 posted on 09/09/2005 1:06:20 PM PDT by apackof2 (Never underestimate the power of a fuzzy friend!)
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To: SmithL

I suggest we cut her head off and then deport her in a big tub of chili.


11 posted on 09/09/2005 1:06:26 PM PDT by steel_resolve
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To: SmithL

Nice to see this lying sack of garbage get her comeuppance. She's been pulling off scams for years


12 posted on 09/09/2005 1:07:22 PM PDT by dennisw (***)
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To: SmithL

FReepers pretty much nailed this one from the getgo, at least in terms of fraud being involved...


13 posted on 09/09/2005 1:09:25 PM PDT by andyk (Go Matt Kenseth!)
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To: SmithL

Since this has happened, I've taken my kid to Wendy's more often. they love the chili, and ask for the finger-free kind every time.

I hope these people rot in jail for a long time.


14 posted on 09/09/2005 1:11:05 PM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (SMN!)
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To: SmithL
The maximum penalty for those counts is more than nine years for Ayala and 13 years for Plascencia.

Why would her husband's penalty be greater? I have a feeling they'll see a little jailtime. Her history is too sordid for probation, and this crime impacted a lot of people.
15 posted on 09/09/2005 1:11:49 PM PDT by andyk (Go Matt Kenseth!)
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To: YouPosting2Me
Judge: "If you would, please point to the victim."

Are you saying that there was no victim?

16 posted on 09/09/2005 1:14:23 PM PDT by Bob
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To: Fierce Allegiance

I like to order the small chili and pour it on my hamburger.


17 posted on 09/09/2005 1:14:29 PM PDT by Welsh Rabbit
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To: SmithL

The finger was pointing right at her from the beginning.


18 posted on 09/09/2005 1:17:20 PM PDT by manwiththehands
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To: Welsh Rabbit

You must have a good supply of clean shirts.


19 posted on 09/09/2005 1:18:35 PM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (SMN!)
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To: Bob

Missed it by a single 'digit'.


20 posted on 09/09/2005 1:21:08 PM PDT by YouPosting2Me
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To: manwiththehands

Still unanswered ?...where did she get the finger?


21 posted on 09/09/2005 1:21:14 PM PDT by swordfish
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To: AMERIKA

What a witch. Plus it creeps me out thinking that she was carrying someones finger around. Yuck! Elevator definately doesn't go to the top floor.


22 posted on 09/09/2005 1:21:36 PM PDT by Millee (Earth First! We'll log the other planets later!)
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To: SmithL

face, meet smack


23 posted on 09/09/2005 1:23:18 PM PDT by The Red Zone (Florida, the sun-shame state, and Illinois the chicken injun.)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

Naw, I just wear red flannel so one can tell the difference (I hope).


24 posted on 09/09/2005 1:24:57 PM PDT by Welsh Rabbit
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Too bad. I wanted to get on the jury for this one. Would have been a real circus.

No deals according to the San Jose Mercury News story today:




The guilty pleas were announced in the courtroom of Judge Edward Davila. Closed-door discussions had been taking place to reach a deal in the case. But Ayala and Plascencia reportedly pleaded guilty to all charges without any conditions.

Prosecutor David Boyd said ``in all likelihood'' he will seek the maximum penalties against Ayala and Plascencia when they appear for sentencing on Nov. 2.

Rick Ehler, Ayala's attorney, said his client felt bad from the beginning about how the scam affected Wendy's employees.

Charles Kramer, Plascencia's attorney, said little as he left the courtroom.

One of Ayala's sister cried after the guilty verdicts.

Ayala also pleaded guilty to a unrelated charge that she defrauded a San Jose woman in a mobile home sale. And Plascencia also pleaded guilty to four felony counts for failure to pay child support, child abandonment, identity theft and fraudulent use of official documents.

Ayala's claim to have found a partial severed human finger in a bowl of chili she ordered at a San Jose Wendy's restaurant in March was widely publicized. Prosecutors believe she and her husband hoped to cash in with a large legal settlement from Wendy's, and insisted from the beginning they are prepared to prove every allegation against the couple.


25 posted on 09/09/2005 1:26:30 PM PDT by Rio (Don't make me come over there....)
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To: swordfish

The finger came from a co-worker of her husband. It was severed in a work accident and given to this couple to settle a debt.


26 posted on 09/09/2005 1:26:38 PM PDT by SmithL (There are a lot of people that hate Bush more than they hate terrorists)
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To: jwfiv

Looks like they nailed her...


27 posted on 09/09/2005 1:29:22 PM PDT by Serb5150 (www.illmitch.com)
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To: Welsh Rabbit

ROFL!


28 posted on 09/09/2005 1:29:26 PM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (SMN!)
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To: Serb5150

Ba Da Bump!


29 posted on 09/09/2005 1:29:52 PM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (SMN!)
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To: SmithL

Another fine Liberal.


30 posted on 09/09/2005 1:30:26 PM PDT by Musket
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To: YouPosting2Me
Missed it by a single 'digit'.

Arrrrgh!! Sorry, I couldn't 'finger' out what you were saying. :=)

31 posted on 09/09/2005 1:30:34 PM PDT by Bob
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To: SmithL
The maximum penalty for those counts is more than nine years for Ayala and 13 years for Plascencia.

They should serve every day of the max penalty.

32 posted on 09/09/2005 1:31:14 PM PDT by radiohead (Proud member of the 'arrogant supermagt')
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To: SmithL
Did anybody think to check Bush's hands for a missing finger???

I'll just bet it's Bush's finger!!

Quick, let's get Pee-low-seee (d - cal) on the line and have her cackle over and over, "I told you so", until the MSM prints/reports/shows, and tells all of us!

IT'S BUSH'S FAULT!!!!

33 posted on 09/09/2005 1:36:09 PM PDT by Logic n' Reason (Don't piss down my back and tell me it's rainin')
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To: apackof2

She'll have to do community service at KFC--finger licking that is.


34 posted on 09/09/2005 1:52:23 PM PDT by moog
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To: Millee

Elevator definately doesn't go to the top floor.

It stopped at the hands.


35 posted on 09/09/2005 1:52:57 PM PDT by moog
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To: Bob

Sorry, I couldn't 'finger' out what you were saying----

Look in the index and I'll point it out.


36 posted on 09/09/2005 1:53:35 PM PDT by moog
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To: Logic n' Reason

"I'll just bet it's Bush's finger!!"

It was his middle one. The undercover liberal informant codenamed Iron Mike bit it off--trying to add to his collection.


37 posted on 09/09/2005 1:55:19 PM PDT by moog
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To: moog

"Look in the index and I'll point it out."

Give him a hand. (clap, clap, clap).

Snap your fingers.

Twiddle your thumbs.


38 posted on 09/09/2005 1:56:41 PM PDT by YouPosting2Me
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To: YouPosting2Me
Look in the index and I'll point it out." Give him a hand. (clap, clap, clap). Snap your fingers. Twiddle your thumbs. I certainly have no idea what you are saying:). Mine was just a dumb pun once again--index--point--finger. Get it?? :)) (double chin)
39 posted on 09/09/2005 2:00:21 PM PDT by moog
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To: Bob

I gotta hand it to you, that was funny.


40 posted on 09/09/2005 2:01:20 PM PDT by BJClinton (+ /_\)
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To: SmithL

When you think about it this person was not only EXTREMELY dishonest (which is forgivable), but she was also very stupid. If she thought it out she would have realized that they were going to find out where the finger came from eventually. I mean, fingers don't just fall out of the clear blue sky. She obviously thought she could scam the system with impunity, as does everyone these days.

Confession time.
You know, I used to bend the rules a bit for convenience sake. Like returning things at another store or stuff like that, dishonest stuff that I knew in my heart was a breach of good character. Lately with everyone scrambling to get their debit cards and lawsuits and mp3 players and such I am just sick of it. The video of the cops looting at Walmart was the kicker, it really has made me want to keep my good character as pure as possible just to distinguish myself from these scumbags.

I don't just want to be a Christian anymore, I want to be GOOD. Inside and out. Time to pray. God bless everyone.


41 posted on 09/09/2005 2:07:57 PM PDT by NormB (Yes, but watch your cookies!!)
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To: Mamzelle

I've suggested to the manager of that store, that she have each one of her employees sue for lost wages and emotional distress, one at a time, for the rest of this woman's life.


42 posted on 09/09/2005 2:10:48 PM PDT by null and void (Does my life *really* need a sarcasm tag????)
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To: SmithL
Plascencia and Ayala had been charged with two felony charges in connection with the Wendy's case: conspiracy to file a false charge and attempted grand theft with damages exceeding $2.5 million.

These two are professional parasites on society. Throw away the damn key.

43 posted on 09/09/2005 2:13:36 PM PDT by Black Tooth
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To: SmithL

I'll never forget this human parasite standing in her driveway in Vegas, straight faced, lying her butt off.


44 posted on 09/09/2005 2:15:07 PM PDT by Black Tooth
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To: InsensitiveConservative
"The president is responsible for this!"
45 posted on 09/09/2005 2:36:21 PM PDT by Deo volente
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To: manwiththehands

You know, I fingered her as the suspect immediately.


46 posted on 09/09/2005 3:04:58 PM PDT by Carling (http://www.marriedadults.com/howarddeanscreamaudio141jq.mp3)
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To: rightwinggoth

It's Bush's fault.


47 posted on 09/09/2005 3:07:23 PM PDT by Don'tMessWithTexas
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To: rightwinggoth
I blame Bush. I blame Rummy. I blame Haliburton. I blame cAPTAIN kANGEROO. I blame tin foil hats......

s/Howard Dean and his posse

48 posted on 09/09/2005 3:09:19 PM PDT by newfreep
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To: SmithL

our long national nightmare has finally ended


49 posted on 09/09/2005 3:29:03 PM PDT by Rakkasan1 (DON'T BICKER, DRINK LIQUOR-DON'T THINK, JUST DRINK.)
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To: Millee
Plus it creeps me out thinking that she was carrying someones finger around. Yuck!

What's so yuck about it? I carry someone's 10 fingers with me every day!

50 posted on 09/09/2005 3:34:20 PM PDT by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything!")
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