Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre has been implicated in an $8 million welfare scam, in which Favre and others misappropriated funds from the state of Mississippi for personal use.
Texts between Favre and John Davis, director of Mississippi Department of Human Services, revealed in a recent expose show Favre asking Davis for help in clearing personal debt.
“Hey brother, (we) owe 1.1m on Vball. Any chance you and Nancy can help?” Favre texted Davis, referencing Nancy New, the founder of a nonprofit organization, who has been indicted on embezzlement charges along with five others. “You and Nancy stuck your neck out for me and that’s going to turn out very good,” he wrote. It is alleged that Favre also received a Ford F-150 Raptor from Davis using misappropriated funds, according to a report from Mississippi Today.
Favre allegedly received $5 million in grant funds designated for the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program in order to help build a volleyball stadium at his alma mater, the University of Southern Mississippi.
The former quarterback is also linked to Prevacus, a pharmaceutical company, which allegedly received $2.5 million in stolen funds, with Favre allegedly collecting over $1 million. Favre paid back the remaining $600,000 to the state but still owes $228,000 in interest.
Alleged texts also show Favre plotting to make $20 million from a compounded pain cream that was the center of a $515 million health insurance fraud scheme that ultimately led to 20 convictions in Mississippi.
Favre has not yet been charged in that scandal and has yet to be charged or formally arrested or charged with any crime.