Hattiesburg, MS

Brett Favre Named as Part of $28 Million Dollar Welfare Kickback Scheme

Sharee B.

Brett Favre, a Heisman Trophy winner and football Hall of Famer, has been named in a lawsuit over a scheme involving the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

"Call me crazy but my goal is to take home 20 million when it’s all said and done,” Favre reportedly texted Vanlandingham.

According to the lawsuit, Favre used his connections and professional notoriety to convince the city's mayor to divert funds into his favorite charities and organizations. These included $8 million dollars in taxpayer funds paid to the University of Southern Mississippi, a pharmaceutical company that Mr. Favre owned, and $1.1 million for non-existent appearances at speaking gigs.

In addition to using welfare funds to secure his grants, he asked the governor Phil Bryant and a non-profit director to help him repay monies owed to the University, in exchange for shares in Prevacus, his co-owned pharmaceutical company.

After fervently denying any wrongdoing, a series of text messages obtained showed indisputable proof that he was involved in the welfare scheme as well as other key players.

The total amount of funds used in the scam overall come out to at least $28 million dollars of which Brett Favre was tied to as much as $8 million dollars.

Currently, Favre has repaid a total of $1 million dollars, however, still owed hundreds of thousands of interest on those funds alone. As the investigation continues, and additional information is brought to light Favre faces a civil suit on the matter by the Mississippi DHS once approval is gained from the state's attorney general.

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