Shawnee woman pleads guilty in poisoning conspiracy
"Yini De La Torre, 19, admitted that while working as a waitress there she twice added a deadly pesticide to salsa, which sickened dozens of people.
She pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to tamper with a consumer product and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in a pending case against her husband, Arnoldo Bazan.
In her plea, prosecutors said, she said Bazan worked for the Mi Ranchito restaurant in Olathe until June 27, 2009. Bazan believed the chain’s owner was responsible for him losing his job and for the theft of Bazan’s vehicle, De La Torre said.
The couple poisoned the diners to get even with the owner, prosecutors said.
While Lenexa police investigated, Bazan told his wife not to talk or she would physically be harmed.
As a result of the poisonings, the Kansas City Mexican restaurant, Mi Ranchito, lost $250,000 in income for September and October in the Lenexa location.
Mi Ranchito is a popular Kansas City Mexican restaurant with six Kansas City locations.
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