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'Chili Finger Lady' charged in Calif. gun case

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

The former Las Vegas woman who made national headlines when she cooked up a story about finding a finger in her Wendy's chili is back in the spotlight.

Anna Ayala, 47, faces charges of being accessory to a felony and filing a false police report, according to a report in the Oakland Tribune.

The report states that Ayala was accused of lying to police after her son, Guadalupe "Junior" Reyes, was shot in front of their Santa Clara County home.

Reyes faces charges "related to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition," according to the report.

Link: Read the full Oakland Tribune article

Ayala became a household name in Las Vegas in March 2005, when she claimed a human finger made its way into her cup of chili at a San Jose Wendy's.

Authorities became suspicious of Ayala's claims after an investigation into the restaurant, its employees and the food manufacturer turned up no trace of the missing digit.

It was later determined that the finger came from a co-worker of Ayala's husband, Jaime Placencia.

Both were given nine-year prison sentences after the scam was exposed. Ayala was released from prison in 2009.

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