NFL Hall of Famer repays $600k in welfare fraud case
NFL Hall of Famer Brett Favre repaid $600,000 to the state of Mississippi after he improperly received welfare funds as part of an extensive fraud scheme.
State Auditor Shad White’s office sent letters to 10 individuals last month, demanding repayment of tens of millions of dollars connected to the scheme.
White told the New York Times that while the Hall of Fame quarterback repaid $600,000, he still owes $228,000 in interest.
“If Mr. Favre does not repay the full amount within 30 days of our demand, the attorney general will be responsible for enforcing the payment of the interest and has the option to file suit,” White said.
According to the Times, Favre received $1.1 million in welfare funds between December 2017 and June 2018. Mississippi allowed lawmakers to use millions of dollars in welfare funds for football tickets, religious concerts, lobbyists, and fitness programs. The state’s nonprofit Community Education Center paid Favre for speaking appearances that never took place.
WWE Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase and his son, Ted DiBiase Jr., were also ordered by White to repay the $4.6 million they received through the scheme. DiBiase Sr. was known as “The Million Dollar Man” during his time as a professional wrestler with the WWE.