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Reports: Thompkins County Man Charged with Attempted Extortion of Paula Deen

A news story that has gained national attention now has a New York connection:
 
According to reports, a Tompkins County man is charged with attempting to extort celebrity chef Paula Dean, who is embroiled in a potential career-ending controversy, over admissions that she used racial slurs.

62 year old  Thomas Paculis allegedly demanded hush money from Deen, under the threat that he would inform the media of "true and damning" statements if he did not receive 250-thousand dollars..

FBI agents based in Ithaca reportedly arrested Paculis Friday morning.

Paculis  lived in Savannah and Augusta, Georgia, before moving to Tompkins County.

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