According to state auditors, Mississippi is in awe of Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre as his hero, and if he doesn’t repay $ 828,000 to pay within 30 days, he’ll pay him this week. Threatened to sue.
Favre is one of more than 10 people who were sent a letter from state auditor Shad White and demanded tens of millions of dollars in repayment in connection with a large-scale fraudulent program involving welfare aid failures. was.
In May 2020, a bitter audit allowed Mississippi to use millions of dollars in poverty alleviation funds to help the poor in little or no way, with two nonprofits taking the place. Lobbyists found to have spent money on football tickets, religious concerts and fitness programs for state legislators.
The plan includes a former managing director of the Mississippi Human Services Department, who was accused of tricking taxpayers into creating fake invoices in conspiracy with the managers of the nonprofit Mississippi Community Education Center and the center’s accountants. It led to criminal charges against six people. Favre has not been charged.
According to White, former managing director John Davis has to pay $ 96.3 million (including interest) for his role in approving more than $ 77 million in illegal welfare spending.
Mr White said 52-year-old Fabre received $ 1.1 million from the Mississippi Community Education Center for a performance he had never been to. Payments received in December 2017 and June 2018 were paid with federal welfare grants, White said.
According to White, Fabre was unaware that the money was intended to benefit poor families. The auditor said Fabre had paid $ 500,000 to White’s office in May 2020 and agreed to pay the remaining $ 600,000 over the next few months.
But Mr Fabre never paid the remaining balance, Mr White said. In a letter on Tuesday, the auditor demanded that Mr Fabre pay a balance of $ 600,000 over 30 days and an additional $ 228,000 in interest. Otherwise, he said he would have to file a proceeding.
“It’s time for taxpayers to try to get back what we lost,” White said in a statement.
This letter was addressed to Favre, Favre Enterprises, and Business Associate Robert L. Culumber. Favre’s representative didn’t respond immediately to the message on Wednesday, and Culumber didn’t.
Raised in Mississippi and playing soccer at the University of Southern Mississippi, Fabre spent 20 seasons in the National Football League. Most of them were the Green Bay Packers, who won the Super Bowl XXXI in 1997.
A series of Tweet Last year, Fave wrote that he appeared in an ad for a resource center in Mississippi, a recipient of welfare grants. He also said he had never received money for an obligation he did not meet.
“I repeat the statement by Audit & Supervisory Board Member White, but I was unaware that the diversified money was being paid from funds that were not intended for that purpose, so I will refund the full amount to Mississippi,” Fabre said. Wrote in May 2020.
Favre writes that he has donated nearly $ 10 million through the Favre 4Hope charity to help underprivileged and underserved children in Mississippi and Wisconsin.
“I will never do anything to rob the children I have fought to help!” He wrote. “I love Mississippi and never knowingly do anything to rob it from those who need it most.”
According to a state audit, the Mississippi Community Education Center has hired Favre Enterprises to perform at events, record promotions and provide signatures for marketing materials from July 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018. rice field.
According to the audit, the document provided to the state authorities did not mention the contract price.
The center stated that Favre Enterprises had fulfilled the terms and conditions and provided a list of dates and events. However, state officials said the auditor had determined that Mr Fabre did not speak. Also, he was not attending those events.
According to White, he is not the only one who could be sued if he fails to repay the money associated with the fraudulent plan within 30 days.
According to White, the heart of the Christian ministry, managed by former WWE wrestler Ted DiBiase Sr. (known as Million Dollar Man), has to repay $ 722,299. .. The ministry and DiBiase did not respond immediately to the message.
According to White, one of Divias’ sons and former professional wrestler Ted Divias Jr. has to repay $ 3.9 million. Brett Divias, a former professional wrestler and another son charged with last year’s fraudulent program, has to pay $ 225,950, White said.
State auditors said Brett DiBiase was paid by the Welfare Fund to teach classes on substance use. However, he had never taught these classes because he was being treated for opioid addiction at Rise in the Malibu Rehab Center in California.
According to Clarion Ledger, Brett DiBiase pleaded guilty last year for making fraudulent statements in an attempt to deceive the government.