Brett Favre Owes Mississippi $828K, Accountant Says

The state of Mississippi still wants its money back from Brett Favre.

According to Mississippi Today’s Anna Wolfe, the former Green Bay Packers quarterback was one of many recipients of letters from the Mississippi auditor’s office seeking reimbursement of misspent funds from the United States’ Temporary Assistance Program for Needy Families (TANF). federal government.

Favre reportedly received $1.1 million from those funds for performances he didn’t make. While Favre claimed he actually made those apparitions, he admitted he didn’t know the source of the money paid to him and promised to return it.

Favre immediately refunded $500,000 and agreed to return the rest in installments, but Mississippi said it was still waiting for that $600,000 a year later. Now it has reportedly threatened Favre with a civil lawsuit if he fails to pay $828,000, which is equivalent to the money owed plus hefty interest on payments made in 2017 and 2018.

Part of the letter, from Mississippi Today:

“The amount claimed represents unlawful expenditure of public funds to you or to entities or combinations for which you are legally obligated to pay and/or the unlawful disposal of public property, including public funds, made to you or to entities or combinations for which you are legally responsible to pay,” the letter reads. “These illegal expenditures and unlawful dispositions were made when you knew or had reason to know through reasonable diligence that the expenditure was unlawful and/or the dispositions were unlawful.”

The TANF funds were reportedly paid for through a state program known as Families First for Mississippi, described as a “family stabilizing” initiative spearheaded by then-Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and his wife. Even if Favre did make an appearance, it remains unclear how celebrities pay millions of dollars for ads and performances to help the needy.

Amid a torrent of criticism last May for receiving welfare money as millions struggled financially during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Favre offered a brief explanation and highlighted his past charitable work:

Favre’s lack of payment is just one thread in a bizarre saga surrounding Mississippi’s misuse of TANF funds under Bryant, and he’s far from the only notable name Mississippi is still waiting for a check on.

Per Mississippi Today, former WWE wrestler Ted DiBiase Jr. Returning $3.9 million in funds he reportedly received as a motivational speaker for Families First. His father and fellow ex-WWE wrestler Ted DiBiase Sr. reportedly have to pay $722,299 in funds sent to his Christian ministry to help underprivileged teens. Former Oklahoma football star Marcus Dupree faces a $789,534 demand for his Marcus Dupree Foundation.

None of that compares to what former Mississippi Department of Human Services director John Davis – currently awaiting trial for embezzlement – is allegedly owed as he is apparently being asked to repay $96,313 million for the authorizing millions in illegal TANF spending.

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