Paula Deen Extortion Plot Ends in Plea Deal For Thomas George Paculis

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A New York man accused of trying to extort money from embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen has agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors, records show.

Records filed in U.S. District Court in Savannah, Ga., indicate Thomas George Paculis, 62, signed a plea agreement with prosecutors last week.

He is scheduled to appear before a judge Friday for a change-of-plea hearing.

Paculis of Newfield, N.Y., pleaded not guilty to the accusations last month.

He is accused of reaching out to Deen's attorney with plans to reveal damaging statements made by the former Food Network star unless she paid $200,000.

That happened after Paula Deen's admission that she had used the n-word in the past leaked, leading to a deluge of bad publicity for the 66-year-old.

Deen was axed by Food Network and a number of endorsement partners.

Her ongoing legal drama with the woman accusing her of harassment and discrimination, Lisa Jackson, is not related to this case and is still pending.

The extortion came to light last month following an FBI investigation.

Score one for her in this case, though it remains to be seen if we'll be seeing Paula Deen recipes back on TV or associated with any products anytime soon.

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she hopes for sympathy.

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@ abe

your sit and hope for sanity- 4 u

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