Brett Favre questioned by FBI in Mississippi welfare scandal


NFL legend Brett Favre was questioned by the FBI in a scandal involving misappropriated welfare funds in Mississippi.

The state of Mississippi gave Favre $1.1 million in 2017 and 2018 to deliver speeches. Not only did the Hall of Fame quarterback not give them, but the money was drawn from federal welfare funds.

Consequently, Mississippi’s state auditor forced Favre to return the money, with interest. Favre has paid back the $1.1 million, but not yet the $228,000 in interest.

Favre’s attorney Bud Holmes told NBC News that Favre was being questioned by the FBI in the case. The lawyer denied Favre’s wrongdoing, telling the outlet that Favre was unaware that the money he was getting was derived from money that would go to disadvantaged families. Favre has not been charged with committing a crime in the case.

Favre also lobbied for a multi-million dollar grant for a pharmaceutical company in which he was the majority shareholder, and $5 million for a new volleyball arena at the University of Southern Mississippi, where his daughter was on the team and the elder Favre played soccer. at University.

Brett Favre received $1.1 million from Mississippi welfare funds to deliver speeches he never gave.
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During the scandal, text messages surfaced in which Favre asked an official at the drug company Prevacus, “We don’t know if it’s legal or not, but we need to get him involved.” The text message reportedly referred to former Mississippi governor Phil Bryant, and Favre sent a follow-up message saying, “Even if it’s legal, I’ll give some of my stock to the governor.”

Bryant has denied accepting any consideration in the case.

“As I’ve said before, I would never accept money for non-performance, as Mississippi state accountant @ShadWhite claims,” Favre tweeted in 2021. “I’m doing everything I can to support this research to set things right for the people of Mississippi and I’ve shared everything I know, which is that I was paid for three years of advertising that I did, and I paid taxes on it.” money, as it should be.

Brett Favre does media at Super Bowl LVI.
Brett Favre does media at Super Bowl 56.
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“Of course the money was returned because I would never knowingly accept money meant to help our neighbors in need, but that Shad White continues to spread this lie that the money was for no-show events is something I cannot be silent about. Despite all efforts to ask the accountant for clarification, he never called me back or allowed me to meet, but instead just repeatedly ran to the media. To prioritize sensational headlines over seeking the truth is doing a disservice to the people of our great state who deserve answers and a solution.”

In all, as much as $70 million in federal welfare funds was embezzled by the state.

John Davis, the former head of state security, has admitted not guilty to bribery and conspiracy. Davis was accused by the state auditor of giving “no show” deals to a number of family members, associates and celebrities.

A cousin was paid $400,000 for coding lessons. The auditor said the cousin can’t code. A connected trainer was awarded $300,000 to host a fitness boot camp for elected politicians, according to NBC.

Former pro wrestler Ted DiBiase got $3 million from the welfare funds. Marcus Dupree, a Mississippi native who starred in the run for Oklahoma in the 1980s, was also awarded $370,000.

To make matters worse, Mississippi is the state with the highest poverty rate in the nation and is notorious for turning down welfare applications from needy families. Citing state figures, NBC said 90 percent of applicants for Temporary Assistance Funds for Needy Families (TANF) were denied.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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