Poor Paula Deen
. The Food Network star apparently hired a housekeeper that was moonlighting as a grade-A jewelry snatcher.
Mary Alice White
has received 18 months of jail time, followed by six years of probation after pleading guilty to stealing jewelry from her former employers. The 47-year-old will also be required to repay $6,000 to Deen and her husband, Michael Groover
, the Savannah Morning News reports
]]>“We thought of Mary like family,” Groover told the judge. “We loved Mary.”
Deen added, “The scars she left behind emotionally cannot begin to be measured. Our hearts are sad.
White is the most feared and destroying kind of thief you may ever run
up against,” Deen continued. “Mary was a master at making
you think she cares about you. … She used our love and kindness against us.”
Though Groover says “Nobody but Mary knows
everything she stole from us,” the couple reported approximately
$100,000 worth of men’s and women’s jewelry missing between Aug. 1,
2009 and May 1, 2010.
This was not White’s
first time before a judge, either. Her sticky fingers were charged as repeat
offenders; she was previously convicted of theft by taking in December 1993. She was
also arrested twice in May for attempting to pawn stolen items.