Paula Deen’s extortionist signs plea agreement

Posted at 8:30 AM, Aug 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-06 08:30:23-04

By CNN Staff

(CNN) — A Georgia man accused of trying to extort Paula Deen by threatening to divulge “true and damning” information about the embattled celebrity chef has signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, court documents show.

Thomas George Paculis, 62, had previously pleaded not guilty.

Paculis sought $250,000 from Deen in exchange for not divulging the information to the media. No other details on the agreement were immediately available.

CNN’s Vivian Kuo contributed to this report.

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