Saturday, September 22, 2007

Finger in Wendy's Chili Scam: Update

22 September 2007

Reduced sentence sought by woman in finger case

By Howard Mintz
Mercury News

A state appeals court Friday gave the woman responsible for the infamous Wendy's finger-in-the-chili scam an opportunity to shave some time off her nine-year prison sentence.

In a 31-page ruling, the 6th District Court of Appeal in San Jose upheld much of the stiff punishment imposed last year against Anna Ayala, who pleaded guilty to concocting a scam that turned her into a tabloid celebrity and made Wendy's chili the butt of national jokes. But the appeals court also found that Ayala is entitled to a new hearing on one of her arguments to reduce her overall sentence. [...]