Brett Favre Allegedly Received $1.1M in Welfare Funds for Appearances He Didn’t Make

The "egregious" misspending was uncovered by a Mississippi auditor

Brett Favre
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An audit of the Mississippi Department of Human Services recently uncovered a whopping $94 million in “questionable spending,” according to a news report by the Associated Press.

And $1.1 million of that spending was earmarked toward former NFL quarterback Brett Favre, who was paid in two installments for what was supposed to be three speaking engagements. Those payments were made by the Mississippi Community Education Center, contracted by the DHS to spend money through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. An auditor’s report says that “upon a cursory review of those dates, auditors were able to determine that the individual contracted did not speak nor was he present for those events.”

Messages to Favre and his agent had not been returned by press time, and the former Packers/Jets/Vikings QB is not facing charges.

Which isn’t true for former Human Services director John Davis and five other people, who have been indicted on state charges of embezzling about $4 million. Davis in particular had instructed the DHS to spend money with certain groups, like the Mississippi Community Education Center and Family Resource Center of North Mississippi, which allegedly awarded contracts to Davis’s relatives and offered fitness classes that didn’t screen for eligibility.

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