The Mississippi Department of Human Services has sued former NFL star Brett Favre and three former professional wrestlers in an attempt to recover millions of dollars in welfare costs.
The lawsuit alleges that the group of defendants improperly allocated more than $20 million in welfare funds from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
The suit came out after a long time. In 2020, former Mississippi Department of Human Services Executive Director John Davis and many others were charged in state courts for misspending state welfare funds.
Two weeks ago, two members of the group, a mother and son who run an education company and a non-profit organization, pleaded guilty to state criminal charges and agreed to testify on behalf of the state.
Mississippi native and resident Favre is said to have been paid $1.1 million for a speech that never appeared.
Favre paid the money back, not knowing if it was from the welfare fund, but State Comptroller Shad White said he still had to pay more than $200,000 in interest.
According to the state, Favre was a major investor in a Florida-based company trying to develop a treatment for concussion. In December 2018, the former quarterback reportedly urged the company’s CEO to take the leadership of the Mississippi Education Group and invest a welfare grant into the company.
Favre isn’t the only former player in the crosshairs. The state alleges that $160,000 in welfare funds was misused for drug rehabilitation of former professional wrestler Brett DiBiase. .
DiBiase Sr ran Heart of David Ministries Inc., an “evangelistic ministry,” that received $1.7 million in state welfare funds between 2017 and 2018.
Mr White, the Republican auditor, said misallocation of welfare funds was the biggest corruption scandal in Mississippi in the past two decades. Mr Davis facing Allegations of felonies related to his conduct in public office, ranging from bribery to conspiracy.
Allegations of misallocation of TANF funds are particularly ratio Poverty in America.
More than half a million Mississippi people, nearly 20 percent of the state’s population, live in poverty. The disproportionate number of the poor are black and the disproportionate number are children. The NAACP has asked the US Department of Justice to investigate the state’s human services department.
people deserving To receive TANF benefits from the state, you must be unemployed or underemployed, have very low incomes, and in most cases be pregnant or have children under the age of 18.
“I applaud the team that is taking this action and thank the state is taking another step towards justice for taxpayers,” White said. “We will continue to work with federal partners who have been granted access to all our evidence for more than two years to ensure that the case is fully investigated.”