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This was a gift from Mrs. Ben­son for the hol­i­days.”

The Saints in a state­ment to WWL-TV in New Or­leans, re­veal­ing that the anony­mous cus­tomer who re­cently spent more than $93,000 to pay off roughly 400 lay­away items at a New Or­leans Wal­mart is Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Ben­son. The widow of long­time pre­vi­ous owner Tom Ben­son paid off the lay­away items for un­sus­pect­ing cus­tomers ahead of the hol­i­day sea­son for a to­tal of $93,502, WWL re­ported.

BEN­SON BY DERICK E. HINGLE/USA TO­DAY

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