Paula Deen’s Housekeeper Sentenced For $100,000 Theft

Mary White Faces Jail Time, Probation & $6,000 Fine

Posted by on Dec 23

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Personal housekeeper Mary White, former employee of Food Network celebrity chef Paula Deen, has just been sentenced to 18 months in prison, a $6,000 fine, and 6 months of probation due to the theft of Deen's personal household valuables earlier this year.

White (a.k.a. Mary Singleton and Mary Keter) served as Deen's housekeeper from August of 2009 to May of 2010 at her home in Wilmington Island, GA, which is also used as a Food Network TV set. During that time, White procured over $100,000 in jewelry and personal valuables, selling them at pawn shops across Savannah and Garden City according to local police reports.

Deen's husband, Michael Groover, said the news about White's theft was a shock to him because she was "like family."

Paula agreed. "Mary White is the most feared and destroying kind of thief you may ever run up against... Mary was a master at making you think she cares about you... She used our love and kindness against us."

"And nobody but Mary knows everything she stole from us," Groover added.

Items that have been identified so far include an $18,000 pair of earrings, a $2,500 bracelet, and a $7,000 Rolex watch.

Interestingly, the recent ruling against White will not be her first offense. White had been previously sentenced with theft-by-taking in 1993 in Effington County, GA. However, it is not known if either Deen or Groover knew of White's offenses prior to welcoming her into their household staff.

Sources:  Associated Content

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