Retired NFL player Brett Favre has finally paid $600,000 in state welfare money he accepted for speeches where he didn’t appear. However, the state attorney general could sue Favre if he doesn’t pay interest owed on the amount, the Mississippi auditor said Wednesday.
For his part, Favre reportedly received $1.1 million of those funds for appearances he didn’t make. Favre immediately paid back $500,000 and agreed to give the rest back in installments, but Mississippi said it was still waiting for that $600,000 a year later. Earlier this month, he was threatned with a civil lawsuit if he did not pay $828,000, which represents the money owed plus some hefty interest.
Auditor Shad White said Favre paid the $600,000 to the auditor’s office, but not the $228,000 in interest.
Of the $228,000, White said: “If he does not pay that within 30 days of our demand, the AG will be responsible for enforcing the payment of the interest in court.”
Favre is not facing criminal charges, but former Mississippi Department of Human Services director John Davis and other people have been charged in one of the state’s largest embezzlement cases.
In a Facebook post when he repaid the first $500,000, Favre said he didn’t know the money he received came from welfare funds.