Brett Favre was one of 38 defendants sued by the Mississippi Department of Human Services for his alleged role in a welfare fraud scheme. The former NFL quarterback has officially filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit against him.
Favre has been connected to a Mississippi state welfare program that has seen six people arrested. It is worth noting that before Green Bay Packers The star has not been charged with a crime, but the state has named him as part of a civil lawsuit.
The state is accusing, according to GAME, Favre was paid $1.1 million for promotional ads and speaking appearances he never made. That money was part of at least $77 million in Needy Families Temporary Assistance funds that state audits found had been diverted.
Favre is seeking funds to help the University of Southern Mississippi, his alma mater, build a new volleyball stadium. Notably, his daughter was playing volleyball for South Mississippi at the time of this alleged scandal.
At least $5 million of this TANF fund was used for the new facility.
Favre’s petition is arguing that he did not know the amount of money he was seeking was for welfare.
“Favre, unlike [MDHS director John] Davis and [Mississippi Community Education Center founder Nancy] New and the other public officials were, in fact, unaware that any funds he received were TANF funds or restricted to lawful uses, with no accountability or audit or supervisory capacity, but let alone control, the use of MDHS or MCEC funds and do nothing wrong with respect to those funds,” the petition states.
“[MDHS]”His lawsuit is nothing more than a baseless attempt to blame Brett Favre for failing to oversee the welfare trusts,” Favre’s attorney wrote in a statement to ESPN. Favre has never had any control over how Mississippi spends its welfare funds. He has never given any false information to anyone.”
Favre returned $1.1 million but the state is suing him and seeking a return.
“It’s ludicrous to say that Mr. Favre was singled out in any way,” a representative for Mississippi state auditor Shad White told ESPN. “And as far as our office is aware, Mr. Favre remains liable for a gain of $228,000 for the non-performance of the contract in question.”
Favre’s last public comments on the matter were that he was “unreasonably smeared”. Suggest trying to make it clear that the ex-midfielder doesn’t know where the money is coming from.
“As the State Audit has admitted, Mr. Favre had no knowledge of the welfare funds involved from the very beginning. After finding out, he returned all the money he received — six months before MDHS files the lawsuit,” it wrote. “As the State Auditor also acknowledged, Mr. Favre’s conduct deserves to be applauded and not a frivolous lawsuit. We believe that after the Court considered our petition, the case This case will be dismissed.”