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Couple Pleads Guilty in Alleged Wendy's Scam

A Nevada couple accused of planting a severed finger in a bowl of chili has pleaded guilty to the charges against them.

Anna Ayala, 39, and her husband, Jaime Placencia, 43, entered the pleas in a San Jose courtroom today. They face charges including conspiracy to file a false claim and attempted grand theft.

Prosecutors say Ayala claimed she found the finger in a bowl of chili she purchased at a San Jose Wendy's restaurant in an effort to get a financial settlement from the restaurant chain.

Placencia is accused of obtaining the finger from a friend who lost it in an industrial accident.

The Wendy's Restaurant chain said the bad publicity caused $2 million in losses.

The pair is scheduled to be sentenced on November 2. Ayala faces up to nine years and eight months, and Placencia faces up to 13 years in state prison.

(This story was provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

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