The former Green Bay Packers quarterback was among more than 10 people who received letters from state auditors demanding repayment of tens of millions of dollars linked to a widespread welfare fraud scheme.
Mississippi, the state that honors Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre as a domestic hero, this week threatened to sue him if he didn’t pay $828,000, according to the state auditor. According to the auditor.
Mr Favre was among more than 10 people who were sent letters from the state’s auditor, Shad White, demanding repayment of tens of millions of dollars linked to a widespread fraud scheme involving false welfare aid.
In May 2020, a scathing audit found that the state of Mississippi had allowed millions of dollars in anti-poverty funds to be used in ways that did little or nothing to help the poor, two non-poverty -Lobbyists with for-profit groups, tickets for state lawmakers, religious concerts and fitness events instead of using the money on football.
The plan brought criminal charges against six people, including the former executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, who was charged with conspiring with the nonprofit Mississippi Community Education Center and the center’s accountant to defraud taxpayers and generate fake invoices. was imposed. Mr. Favre has not been charged.
The former executive director, John Davis, will have to pay $96.3 million – including interest – for his role in authorizing more than $77 million in illegal welfare spending, Mr White said .
Mr White said Mr Favre, 52, had received $1.1 million in speaking fees from the Mississippi Community Education Center, which he never did. The payments he received in December 2017 and June 2018 were paid for with federal welfare grants, Mr. White said.
Mr Favre had no idea that the money was intended to benefit families in need, Mr White said. Mr. Favre paid $500,000 to Mr. White’s office in May 2020 and agreed to pay the remaining $600,000 over the next few months, the auditor said.
But Mr Favre never paid the balance, Mr White said. In a letter on Tuesday, the auditor demanded that Mr. Favre pay off the $600,000 balance plus an additional $228,000 in interest in 30 days or, he said, he would need to start a lawsuit.
“It is time for taxpayers to try to recover what we have lost,” said Mr. White Statement.
The letter was sent to Mr. Favre as well as to Favre Enterprises and Robert L. Kulambara, a business associate. A representative for Mr. Favre did not immediately respond to messages on Wednesday, nor did Mr. Culumber.
Mr. Favre, Joe grew up in mississippi and played football at the University of Southern Mississippi, spending 20 seasons in the National Football League, most of them with the Green Bay Packers, with whom he won Super Bowl XXXI in 1997.
in a series of Tweets Last year, Mr. Favre wrote that he had appeared in advertisements for a resource center in Mississippi that was a recipient of welfare grants. He also said that he never received any money for any obligation which he did not fulfill.
“To reiterate Auditors White’s statement, I was unaware that the money being spread was paid out of funds not made for that purpose, and for this reason I am returning the full amount to Mississippi. I am,” Mr Favre wrote in May 2020.
Mr Favre wrote that he had donated nearly $10 million through his Favre4Hope charity to help underprivileged and underprivileged children in Mississippi and Wisconsin.
“I certainly won’t do anything to take that away from the kids I’ve fought to help!” He has written. “I love Mississippi and I will do nothing intentionally to take it away from the people who need it most.”
The Mississippi Community Education Center hired Favre Enterprises to attend events, record promotions, and autograph marketing materials from July 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018.
The audit noted that there was no mention of the contract price in the documents provided to the state authorities.
The Center, while providing a list of dates and events, said that Favre Enterprises has fulfilled the terms of the contract. But state officials said auditors had determined that Mr. Favre did not speak, nor was he present at those events.
He is not the only key person who, according to Mr. White, could be prosecuted for failing within 30 days to repay the money linked to the fraudulent scheme.
Heart of David Ministry, A Christian ministry controlled by former WWE wrestler Ted DiBiase Sr., known as the . is referred to as million dollar man, $722,299 will have to be paid, Mr. White said. The ministry and Mr. DiBiase did not immediately respond to messages.
One of Mr. DiBiase’s sons, Ted DiBiase Jr., who is also a former professional wrestler, will have to pay $3.9 million, Mr. White said. Another son, Brett DiBiase, who is also a former professional wrestler and who was indicted last year in connection with the fraud scheme, will have to pay $225,950, Mr. White said.
State auditors said Brett DiBiase was paid with welfare funds to teach classes about drug use. However, he never taught those classes, as he was being treated for opioid addiction. rise in malibu rehab center in California, the auditors said.
Brett DiBiase pleaded guilty last year to a count of making fraudulent statements aimed at defrauding the government. clarion-laser.