Brett Favre has been ordered to return a significant amount of welfare money.
According to Mississippi State Auditor Shad White, Brett Favre must refund roughly $1 million in federal welfare funds that should have gone to low-income families. Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been ordered to repay $828,000 within 30 days. He is not facing any criminal charges, but if he does not return the money, he and Favre Enterprises will face a civil action.
According to Mississippi Today’s Anna Wolfe, Favre received a letter from the state auditor’s office stating that “illegal expenditures and unlawful dispositions were made when you knew or had reason to know through the exercise of reasonable diligence that the expenditures and/or dispositions were unlawful.” Favre received $1.1 million for speaking engagements in which he did not show, according to the first state audit released in May 2020. Favre refunded $500,000 with “a pledge to repay the remaining in installments over the next six months,” according to White. Favre revealed what had happened at the time. “Various companies and businesses frequently approach my agency asking me to appear in one manner or another,” Favre stated. “This request was no exception, and I created a number of advertising for Families First. I’ve never been paid for duties that I didn’t fulfill. To echo Auditors White’s remark, I was unaware that the funds being disbursed were not meant for that purpose, and as a result, I am returning the entire amount to Mississippi.
“I’ve dedicated my entire career to helping children, donating approximately $10 million to disadvantaged and underprivileged youngsters in Mississippi and Wisconsin through Favre 4 Hope.” It has provided me a great deal of joy, and I would never do anything to take that away from the children for whom I have battled so hard! I adore Mississippi, and I would never do anything to deprive those who need it the most.” White’s agency found that John Davis, the former Human Services executive director, allowed payments of more than $77 million in federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families funding to two nonprofits that either inappropriately dispersed or misspent portions of the money, according to White. Former WWE wrestler Ted DiBiase Sr. and his son, Ted DiBiase Jr., as well as former NFL star Marcus Dupree, are said to have received the payments.