A Nevada couple who planted a severed human finger in a bowl of Wendy’s chilli in an attempt to extort money face a combined 26-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to charges. The felony charges against Anna Ayala, 39, and Jaime Placencia, 43, include insurance fraud and attempted grand theft. Wendy’s International said the hoax had cost it $2.5m (£1.4m) in lost business. Financial Times 10/09/05 page 6

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