Jackson, Mississippi — Retired NFL player Brett Favre repays $ 600,000 in state welfare funds he accepts for a speech he didn’t show up, but the State Justice Secretary pays Mississippi amounts. If you don’t pay the interest you should, you can sue Favre, the auditor said Wednesday.
Auditor Shadowverse said Fabre paid the Audit Office $ 600,000 this week. White sent a letter to the former Green Bay Packers quarterback on October 12 requesting $ 828,000. This is $ 600,000 plus $ 228,000 in interest.
Of the $ 228,000, Mr White said, “If you do not pay it within 30 days of our request, AG is responsible for forcing you to pay interest in court.”
Favre has not faced criminal accusations, but former Mississippi Human Services Director John Davis and others have been charged in one of the state’s largest embezzlement cases. The allegations of mispending were revealed in early 2020, when Davis and five others were indicted.
White said in May 2020 that Mississippi-based Favre had repaid $ 500,000 of the $ 1.1 million welfare funds received in multiple no-show speeches. Favre was paid by the Mississippi Community Education Center, a non-profit organization whose former leader is awaiting trial.
In a Facebook post, Favre said he didn’t know the money he received came from the Welfare Fund when he repaid the first $ 500,000. He also said his charity provided millions of dollars to poor children in Mississippi and Wisconsin.
On October 12, White demanded that several people and organizations repay $ 77 million in welfare funds to help people living in one of the poorest states in the United States. With interest, demand surged to $ 96 million. This included the money requested by Favre.
White publishes an independent report on how the Maryland-based Certified Accountant Office spent 2016-2019 on the Mississippi Human Services Department through Temporary Assistance for Poor Families. About two weeks after that, I made a request. The report found about $ 41 million in “suspicious costs” for items including trips and programs to assist college athletes.
White demanded Davis $ 96 million, most of it from the Mississippi Community Education Center and another non-profit organization, the Family Resource Center. Davis left the Social Welfare Department in July 2019.
Former professional wrestler Brett DiBiase was indicted with Davis. Latimer Smith, a former employee of the Human Services Division. Nancy New has been the director of the Mississippi Community Education Center and new learning resources. Son Zack New, who has served as Deputy Managing Director of the Education Center. Anne McGrew, an accountant at the Education Center.
DiBiase pleaded guilty to making a false statement in December. He stated in a court document that he had submitted the document and received the full amount of work he had not completed. He agreed to pay $ 48,000 in damages and the decision was postponed.
McGlue pleaded guilty on October 11 for a plot that committed embezzlement of her role in the case. She is awaiting a ruling and agrees to testify to others.
Davis, Smith, Nancy New, and Zack New have all pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial in state court.
Nancy New and Zack New have also been charged with federal crimes, acquitted and awaiting trial.
According to a non-profit tax return, the Mississippi Community Education Center, which operates as Family First in Mississippi, received over $ 44 million in government grants between mid-2014 and mid-2018. Over the last two years, the amount has skyrocketed to $ 12.9 million and $ 26.7 million as Davis outsourced most of Mississippi’s Temporary Assistance to the Group.
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Auditor says Favre will repay $ 600,000 in a Mississippi welfare case
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