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Brett Favre denies wrongdoing in Mississippi welfare fraud case

Brett Favre, former NFL player who has been linked to allegations of Welfare Fraud in Mississippisaid this week that the story of journalists and the public is wrong.

Hall of Fame Quarterback “I’ve Been Unjustly Discredited in the Media,” told CBS News on Tuesday, “I haven’t done anything wrong, and now it’s time to set the record straight.

Favre has come under scrutiny for its communications with state officials, including some who have been accused of redirecting dollars to low-income families through a local non-profit organization. He has not been charged in connection with the case.

“Nobody ever told me, and I didn’t know if the money designated for welfare recipients was going to the university or me,” Favre said. “I tried to help my parent organization [the University of Southern Mississippi], a public Mississippi State University, raises money for a wellness center. My goal was and always will be to improve the athletic facilities at my university.”

Favre’s name came to the fore in scandal earlier this year when he was mentioned in an audit of Mississippi’s state budget, which found that in 2021 state officials gave Favre and other individuals in need of families (TANF). More than $70 million was funded for temporary assistance. More specifically, state officials used a non-profit organization to funnel $1.1 million as a stipend to Favre. to give a speech that he never gaveMississippi auditor Shad White said.

A few weeks after Favre was mentioned in the audit, SiriusXM suspends its podcast And ESPN Milwaukee put its weekly radio show on hold.


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Favre said he has Paid over $1 million He never paid in speaking fees for speeches and for radio spots paid for from the Mississippi Welfare Fund.

Mississippi Department of Human Services Favre. filed suit against, three former pro wrestlers, and other people and businesses to attempt to recover the remaining millions in TANF funds. The lawsuit alleges that Favre was one of several private individuals who sought to siphon off certain welfare funds.

Court documents in the case show a text message thread between Favre and the nonprofit’s executive director in which Favre suggested he direct millions of dollars to a volleyball facility at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Favre’s daughter began playing volleyball at school in 2017 and is the fourth-highest beach volleyball player in USM history. Favre, who played 20 seasons in the NFL, graduated from Southern Mississippi in 1991.

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