The woman who claimed she found a finger in her chili at a South Bay fast food restaurant and went to prison is in trouble again with the law.
Anna Ayala was in court Friday after she was charged with filing a false police report and being an accessory to a felony.
The 47-year-old woman became nationally famous after being caught claiming she found a human finger in a bowl of chili at a San Jose Wendy's restaurant in 2005. The finger turned out to be a severed digit from her husband's co-worker.
Ayala was sentenced to four years in prison.
"All I know is she's a good person and that she's my sister and I love her and I'll support her to the end," said Mary Ayala, the suspect's sister.
Ayala is accused of lying to help her son, 26-year-old Guadalupe Reyes, who also faces a gun charge.
Police said on Oct. 21 Reyes claimed he was shot in the ankle by someone on a bicycle near his home in Alviso.
Ayala told police she saw the assailant and even told investigators it was a neighbor.
Police said it turned out Reyes accidentally shot himself and told detectives he made up the story because, as a convicted felon, he is not supposed to possess a firearm.
"They confronted him, he admitted to it," said San Jose police Sgt. Jason Dwyer. "However; she held fast and said, 'No, I'm going to stonewall you. I don't know what you're talking about.' Similar to the things we saw in the 2005 with the chili case."
The prosecutor said he asked for high bail of $150,000 for Ayala, as well as Reyes, because of her conduct in the chili case.
"She has a history of manipulating the system for her own gain and we feel she is a flight risk," said Bret Walsey, prosecutor.
Both Ayala and Reyes are scheduled to return to court March 1 when they are to enter pleas.
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