Former Southern Miss quarterback and Packers great Brett Favre has been mentioned in what is being described as “Mississippi’s largest embezzlement scandal on record.”
According to a report from the Clarion Ledger (Jackson, Miss.), Favre’s organization, Favre Enterprises, was paid $1.1 million as part of a $94 million state embezzlement scandal. Money that was meant to help poor Mississippians instead was spent on cars and a college baseball tournament sponsorship, among other things.
The state’s 104-page audit of the Mississippi Department of Human Services — which focuses on the 2019 fiscal year — found Favre was paid in two installments for speaking engagements, autograph signings and general appearances. The audit determined the money he made from said engagements was “unreasonable.” Moreover, auditors found Favre “did not speak nor was he present for those events.”
Favre received payments from the Mississippi Community Education Center (MCEC), a nonprofit organization that received roughly $4 million as part of the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
Favre has yet to comment on the case or his relation to it. He faces no criminal charges.
The Ledger also found that the MCEC and Family Resource Center of North Mississippi used money to pay a trio of wrestlers — Ted DiBiase, Ted DiBiase Jr., and Brett DiBiase — some of it for work never performed, some for “unreasonable” travel costs.
Among those facing charges in the case are John Davis, former DHS director; and Nancy New, leader of the MCEC. Mississippi state auditor Shad White said in a statement that the report “shows the most egregious misspending my staff have seen in their careers at the Office of the State Auditor.”
“If there was a way to misspend money, it seems DHS leadership or their grantees thought of it and tried it.”