JACKSON – Retired NFL player Brett Favre missed a deadline to pay $ 228,000 in welfare interest he received for a public speaking contract he didn’t did not complete, the Mississippi state auditor said Tuesday.
Auditor Shad White said he was turning the case over to the state attorney general’s office a month after sending a formal notice to Favre. White said the attorney general was responsible for enforcing the auditor’s unfulfilled demands.
“I understand the AG and the Department of Social Services authorized a private lawyer to recover the badly spent money,” White wrote on Twitter. âWe have been in contact with this lawyer and we will provide him with all the information he needs. ”
Favre is not facing criminal charges, but the head of the organization that paid him is awaiting trial in one of Mississippi’s biggest embezzlement cases.
The Associated Press left a phone message for Favre at its Mississippi business office Tuesday night. Favre didn’t immediately respond to this, and he didn’t immediately respond to White on Twitter.
Favre and White argued on October 29 over the listener, claiming Favre did not give a speech after being paid on welfare. The Twitter feud came days after Favre repaid $ 600,000 to the state – the last part of the $ 1.1 million the auditor said Favre received from a non-profit organization. profit who used money to help needy people in one of the poorest states in the United States The auditor said Favre still owes $ 228,000 in interest.
âOf course, the money was returned because I would never knowingly take funds to help our neighbors in need, but for Shad White, continuing to push this lie that the money was intended for non-life events. -Presentation is something I can’t stay silent about, âFavre wrote.
The former Green Bay Packers quarterback, who lives in Mississippi, wrote that he did ads he was paid for by a nonprofit. White tweeted that Favre’s contract required speeches and a radio commercial.
“The CPA for Favre Enterprises has confirmed that this is your contract,” White replied to Favre. âYou didn’t give the speeches. You recognized it in statements to my agents.
Allegations of abusive spending under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program came to light in early 2020 when the former director of the Mississippi Department of Social Services and five others were indicted. Among them is Nancy New, a native of Greenwood, who ran the Mississippi Community Education Center, the organization that paid Favre.
New also founded the New Summit School in Jackson, which closed, and the North New Summit School in Greenwood, which is now called Leflore Christian School and is under new management.
White said in May 2020 that Favre had repaid $ 500,000 of the $ 1.1 million in social assistance. In a Facebook post when he paid that part back, Favre said his charity provided millions of dollars to poor children in Mississippi and Wisconsin.