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Chili finger owner found

May 13, 2005 at 4:42 PM

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 13 (UPI) -- San Jose, Calif., police have identified the individual whose finger turned up in a chili bowl, sparking a commercial and legal nightmare for Wendy's.

"The jig is up. The puzzle pieces are beginning to fall into place, and the truth is being exposed," Police Chief Rob Davis said Friday in announcing that Anna Ayala obtained the finger from an acquaintance of her husband who had lost it in an industrial accident, KNTV-TV reported.

Ayala fraudulently claimed she found the finger in her chili March 22 in the hopes of winning a huge settlement.

"This subject was in fact the source of the fingertip allegedly found in the chili," Davis said after police acted on a tip and found the unidentified man in Nevada earlier this week.

Dozens of employees at Wendy's franchises across northern California lost their jobs, and the fast-food chain estimates the scam cost it millions of dollars in lost business.

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