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2 split finger-in-the-chili Wendy's reward

Sept. 28, 2005 at 11:52 AM

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The two people who helped crack the famous finger-in-the-chili case that cost Wendy's International $1 million a day will split a $100,000 reward.

Half will go to Mike Casey of Las Vegas, who told police the finger belonged to an employee of his company, Lamb Asphalt Maintenance. The other half will go to a person who wants to remain anonymous, the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News reported.

Last week, Casey said he doubted Wendy's seriousness about the $100,000 reward.

Wendy's said it finally released payment based on police assurance that the information led to the arrest and guilty pleas of Anna Ayala, 39, and husband Jaime Plascencia, 43.

They pleaded guilty Sept. 9 to conspiring to plant the fingertip last March in a bowl of chili in San Jose, Calif., and attempting to extort a settlement from Wendy's. Ayala put the fingertip in the food that Plascencia got from a co-worker injured in an accident.

The pair face sentencing Nov. 2 on felony charges of conspiracy to file a false insurance claim and attempted grand theft.

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