SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A woman was convicted of stealing jewelry from Paula Deen and her husband, Michael Groover.
Mary Alice White pleaded guilty on Dec. 16 to two counts of theft by receiving and one count of theft by deception, according to the Office of Eastern Judicial Circuit/Chatham County District Attorney Larry Chisolm.
White was charged in early May. She worked for Groover and Deen in their home. White was caught with earrings in her possession, according to the Office of Eastern Judicial Circuit.
An investigation show that White sent a watch owned by Deen and Groover and a pair of earrings to a local jewelry store for value estimates claiming them to be her. She pawned a gold bracelet at another store for $450, according to the Office of Eastern Judicial Circuit. Groover later identified the items as belonging to Deen.
White was sentenced to six years with 18 months to serve in the penitentiary followed by four and a half years on probation.
Conditions of probation include payment of restitution to Deen for lost jewelry and a requirement that White report that she has been convicted of these crimes to any future employer.