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Bouquets & Brickbats

They get what they deserve

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Alicia Detiege, Joseph Banks and Eddie Stafford,

employees of local Lowe's stores, organized a charity motorcycle ride that recently provided Christmas toys for 80 children. Goods were collected at 10 Lowe's stores and on Dec. 19 a group of 30 motorcycles escorted a delivery van full of clothing, bikes and other items. The Louisiana-style sleigh ride began in New Orleans and traveled to individual stores in Jefferson, Thibodeaux and Houma before ending in Harvey, stopping at individual stores to drop off the toys and a little Christmas cheer.



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New Orleans Hornets,

players and staff, served a warm holiday meal to more than 1,000 senior citizens as part of the annual Hornets Senior Christmas Luncheon at the Alario Center in Jefferson Parish. Along with lunch, the guests watched performances by the Honeybees, Used to Bees and Hugo the Hornet as well as dancing, holiday caroling, winning raffle prizes and more. The catering service Mr. Mudbugs provided the meal.



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Academy Sports + Outdoors, New Orleans Saints and the Saintsations

teamed up to give 25 children a memorable Christmas shopping spree. Academy, the Texas-based sporting goods company, provided $100 gift cards for each of the kids to shop at the store while interacting with the players and cheerleaders. The kids are all members of the NFL YET (Youth Education Town) Center's division of the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana.



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Queban Lee

was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison recently for committing health care fraud. Lee worked for his sister, Akasia Lee, who owned a company providing Medicaid home health care services to low-income children. According to court documents, the two Lees solicited mothers with Medicaid benefits to apply for services, and the company netted close to $4 million from the federal government for services never rendered. Last month, Akasia Lee was sentenced to five years and ordered to pay $3.9 million in restitution.

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