Brett Favre questioned by FBI over Mississippi welfare money, lawyer says

Brett Favre questioned by FBI over Mississippi welfare money, lawyer says
Brett Favre questioned by FBI over Mississippi welfare money, lawyer says

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Brett Favre’s attorney, Bud Holmes, says his client was questioned by the FBI in a Mississippi welfare fraud case that had been following him for more than two years, according to NBC’s Ken Dilanian and Laura Strickler. News.

Former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is accused of paying Favre $1.1 million in 2017 and 2018 to give pep talks, appear at promotional events and appear on radio, according to the report. Associated Press.

The state received $70 million from the federal government under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, designed to provide financial assistance to people in need.

A Mississippi listener said in March 2020 that the money went to the Mississippi Community Education Center and the Northern Mississippi Family Resource Center. Instead, it went to people who didn’t need the money, including Favre, who made millions during his NFL career.

The money was also distributed to former WWE wrestler Ted DiBiase Jr., who was ordered to repay the $3.9 million he allegedly received for serving as a motivational speaker, the former star of the college football Marcus Dupree and fitness trainer Paul LaCoste.

Dupree and LaCoste were reportedly paid a combined $670,000, per NBC News. Another $5 million was spent on building a volleyball facility at the University of Southern Mississippi.

The embezzlement is considered Mississippi’s “greatest case of public corruption in the past two decades,” according to the state auditor (h/t The Associated Press).

Favre was ordered to repay welfare he received for events he allegedly did not show up for, in addition to $228,000 in interest. He repaid the $1.1 million, but did not repay the interest.

Favre does not face any criminal charges and he said he did not know the money he received came from social funds. He also denied being paid for events he did not attend.

The 52-year-old spent most of his 20-year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers. He also played for the Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings. The Hall of Famer has won a Super Bowl, been an 11-time Pro Bowler, three-time All-Pro and three-time MVP.

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