It has been a few years since reports came out about Brett Favre’s potential misuse of federal welfare funds intended for needy families. That story has since become even bigger, and for good reason.
During an exclusive interview with NBC News, Favre’s lawyer Bud Holmes revealed that the NFL hall of fame QB has been questioned by the FBI in the ongoing case involving millions in missing welfare funds. Favre has not been accused or charged in any crimes.
The state of Mississippi paid Favre $1.1 million in 2017 and 2018 to make motivational speeches — out of federal welfare funds intended for needy families. The Mississippi state auditor said Favre never gave the speeches and demanded the money back, with interest.
It took some time, but Favre eventually paid it back, but not the $228,000 in interest the auditor also demanded.
Earlier this year, the Mississippi Department of Human Services sued Favre, three former pro wrestlers, and several other people and businesses to try to recover millions of misspent welfare dollars. The lawsuit says the defendants “squandered” more than $20 million in money from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families anti-poverty program.
Favre defended himself in a series of tweets last year against charges from state auditor White that he accepted state money for speeches he never intended to give.
“I would never knowingly take funds meant to help our neighbors in need, but for Shad White to continue to push out this lie that the money was for no-show events is something I cannot stay silent about,” Favre tweeted.