Brett Favre, the retired NFL quarterback, has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to remove him as a defendant in a civil lawsuit seeking to collect millions of dollars in misappropriated welfare funds. The money was intended to assist some of the most vulnerable persons in the United States.
Papers filed this week has the Packers legend’s attorneys arguing the Mississippi Department of Human Services is making “utterly meritless” legal arguments in suing Favre.
Hinds County Circuit Judge Jaye Peterson denied Favre’s similar request on April 24th.
“The department’s lawsuit says money from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program was improperly spent, including on projects Favre supported: $5 million for a volleyball arena at the university he attended and where Favre’s daughter played the sport, and $1.7 million toward the development of a concussion treatment drug,” wrote Emily Wagster Pettus of the Associated Press.
Favre has denied all wrongdoing.
According to The Clarion-Ledger, Favre’s attorneys argue that the Department of Human Services and its subordinates”‘ concocted and carried out the scheme’ to direct welfare money toward a volleyball center and that Favre was not part of the effort.”
Last week, his lawyers cited the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 and other Mississippi and federal laws for the legal use of temporary assistance for needy family funds and his denial of allegations brought by MDHS. His response states that Favre “lacks knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief as to the truth of the allegations” that he conspired to defraud MDHS.
Favre is one of nearly three dozen people and entities named in the civil suit brought by the state to recover millions in misspent welfare funds. Favre has not been charged criminally in the welfare fraud scheme.
Despite what people are saying, he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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