SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A man and woman convicted of trying to defraud Wendy's restaurant chain by planting a finger in a bowl of chili received lengthy prison sentences Wednesday.
Ayala, 39, placed the tip of a finger into her chili and made a scene at a Wendy's restaurant in San Jose in March 2005. Investigators determined the source of the fingertip was a co-worker of Plascencia, 43, who had lost it in a workplace accident and sold it to Plascencia.
Ayala and Plascencia pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to file a false insurance claim and attempted grand theft with damages exceeding $2.5 million.
They were ordered to pay Wendy's more than $21 million for lost business resulting from negative publicity, and to pay Wendy's employees $170,000 in lost wages. Wendy's officials said they would not try to collect the money, the newspaper said.