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Brett Favre pushed to repay $828K in cash connected to welfare scheme

Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre continues to be on the hook for $828,000 in misspent welfare money he acquired for talking engagements that he by no means attended, a Mississippi auditor mentioned.

State Auditor Shad White mentioned Tuesday that Favre, 52, had not fulfilled his promise to repay $1.1 million in welfare money after making an preliminary cost of $500,000 final May. With curiosity, the previous Green Bay Packers star should repay $828,000.

Brett Favre at his Hall of Fame induction in 2016.
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“Two years ago my office audited [the Department of Human Services],” White said in a statement. “After two years of work, we found tens of millions of dollars in misspending. Those findings have now been confirmed, this month, by an independent forensic audit commissioned by DHS.”

In all, White is looking for to recoup $96 million, together with curiosity, of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds. The misspending surfaced in 2020 when former Mississippi DHS director John Davis and 5 others had been indicted for his or her roles in the alleged welfare scheme, the Clarion Ledger reported. Brett DiBiase – the son of former skilled wrestler Ted DiBiase – was amongst these indicted alongside Davis.

Brett DiBiase pleaded responsible in December 2020, whereas Davis and two others have pleaded not responsible whereas awaiting trial, in accordance to the newspaper.

Favre shouldn’t be going through legal prices, but when the remaining funds aren’t repaid in 30 days, the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office might implement the demand in court docket, White mentioned.

White mentioned Monday that Ted DiBiase Sr., the previous WWE wrestler often known as the “Million Dollar Man,” should repay $722,299 he acquired via his Heart of David Ministries, whereas his son Brett should return $3.9 million he earned as a motivational speaker for the welfare company.

Brett DiBiase, who admitted his position in defrauding Mississippi’s welfare company, should repay $225,950, White mentioned.

Mississippi State Auditor Shad White

Favre’s longtime agent, James “Bus” Cook, has beforehand mentioned he had no information of the NFL legend’s contract with the nonprofit Mississippi Community Education Center, in addition to his promise to repay the welfare funds he acquired.

Cook didn’t return a request for remark Tuesday, Mississippi Today reported.