Updated 12 p.m., Monday, July 8, 2013
More on the case involving a man arrested in Newfield who federal prosecutors say tried to swindle a quarter of a million dollars out of Paula Deen.
62-year-old Thomas George Paculis was arrested in Newfield Friday, where he was reportedly house-sitting.
Paculis e-mailed Deen’s attorney and spoke with him on the phone, asking for 250-thousand dollars.
In return, Paculis said he would keep quiet with “true and damning statements” about Deen, who was sued after racial and sexual discrimination accusations were made by a former general manager of one of her restaurants.
Court documents show Paculis allegedly called the attorney of that general manager, asking if he and client “wanted in.”
Paculis faces a court date next week on an extortion charge.