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They get what they deserve

Phyllis Taylor

has been named to the Smithsonian Institute's National Board, which governs the world's largest museum and research complex. Taylor, a longtime local philanthropist, is the CEO of Taylor Energy Co. and is also chair and president of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, named after her late husband. The foundation's primary focus is promoting educational opportunities through scholarships, grants and awards. Taylor will serve a three-year term with the Smithsonian.



Terry Ferguson

has been sentenced to 21-and-a-half years in prison for contractor fraud and theft. Ferguson agreed to repair 16 New Orleans residents' homes, but after securing payment from his victims, Ferguson either failed to perform any work on the houses or to compensate vendors for building materials, resulting in some of the homeowners now having liens on their properties. Ferguson pleaded guilty in July to 15 counts of felony theft and one count of misapplication of payments by a contractor.



Bill Hubbard,

former president of St. John the Baptist Parish, pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to solicit bribes after he was charged with soliciting $20,000 from three parish contractors to buy a car for his mistress. Hubbard, married with two children, told the press he bought the car for a woman who was down on her luck, but denied she was his mistress until U.S. Attorney Jim Letten insisted the romantic relationship be entered into the public record. Hubbard will be sentenced Dec. 15.



Wayne Cresap,

a judge in St. Bernard Parish, pleaded guilty last Thursday in federal court in New Orleans to the charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. According to the FBI, Cresap had been taking money to convert secured bonds to unsecured personal surety bonds, which allow prisoners to get out of jail without posting collateral security. Cresap, who had been a state district judge for 10 years, faces a maximum prison term of five years and a $250,000 fine.

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