December 21st, 2010
03:55 PM ET
A former housekeeper of Food Network star Paula Deen's will soon serve 18 months in prison and six years on probation for stealing jewelry from Deen’s home, according to the Savannah Morning News.
Mary Alice White, who worked for Deen for 9 months, has pleaded guilty to charges of theft by receiving stolen property, the paper reports. The 47-year-old will also have to pay Deen and her husband, Michael Groover, $6,000.
According to Groover, about $100,000 of men's and women's jewelry was taken from the couple’s home between August 1, 2009 and May, 2010.
"The scars she left behind emotionally can't begin to be measured. Our hearts are sad," Deen, 63, told the judge presiding over the case. “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].”
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