Paula Deen blackmail suspect Thomas George Paculis arrested on extortion charges

paula-deen-blackmail-extortion.jpgFederal authorities have arrested Thomas George Paculis for allegedly attempting to extort a quarter of a million dollars from controversial former Food Network host Paula Deen.

The FBI confirms Paculis, a 62-year-old resident of Newfield, New York, was arrested Friday (July 5) morning on extortion charges.

He allegedly threatened to go to the media with "true and damning" statements made by Deen unless she forked over $250,000. Deen's attorney notified the FBI about the threats, which were made via email and phone.
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