Feds Foil Paula Deen Extortion Scheme: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Thomas George Paculis Paul Deen Extortion Racisim


Thomas George Paculis, 62, has been arrested by the FBI charged with an attempted extortion plot against disgraced TV chef Paula Deen, reports WSAV.

Here’s what you need to know…

1. Paculis Was Looking For $250,000

Thomas George Paculis Paul Deen Extortion Racisim

According to reports, Paculis was allegedly chasing a quarter of a million dollars from Deen in exchange for not revealing “true and damning” statements made by the chef. Paculis was arrested on the morning of July 5 by Albany FBI in Newfield, New York. TMZ reports that agents cite an email Paculis sent and a subsequent phone call as evidence for the attempt.

The email he wrote, which was sent to Deen’s lawyer, Greg Hodges, read:

Thomas George Paculis Paul Deen Extortion Racisim

The investigation into Paculis involved agents from New York state, where he currently lives, and agents in Savannah, Georgia, where he’s originally from. He will make his first court appearance in Savannah on July 16. If found guilty, the penalty for extortion could result in two years in prison.

2. He Has Been Adamant That Deen is ‘Raceist’

On his Facebook page, Paculis entered into a debate about the Paula Deen racism scandal:

Thomas George Paculis Paul Deen Extortion Racisim

Read the full criminal complaint here:

3. Paculis is a Restaurant Owner

Like Deen, Paculis owns a restaurant in Savannah, the Troup Square Cafe. A 1995 article on him in the Savannah News Press, mentions, also like Deen, that Paculis is an avid collector of cook books.

4. He’s a Former Paramedic

Before going into the food business, Paculis worked as an EMT in Savannah.

In 2004 Paculis was in trouble with the law, The Augusta Chronicle reports:

Thomas George Paculis, 53, of Martinez, 14 days in jail, followed by 11 months and 16 days’ probation, fined $911 and ordered to perform 30 days of community service, undergo clinical evaluation for substance abuse, have an ignition interlock device installed, pay a $25 photo fee, surrender tags and attend a risk-reduction program.

5. Paculis is a ‘Birther’


Based on his Facebook postings, Paculis believes that the birth certificate President Barack Obama produced was false.

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