Brett Favre said on social media Friday he didn’t know he was paid $1.1 million in welfare money for speaking engagements, and that State Auditor Shad White has been lying about Favre not fulfilling those engagements.
Favre has repaid the $1.1 million he received as part of one of the state’s largest public embezzlement schemes. Favre, who faces no criminal charges, was issued a civil demand for the money earlier this month.
The former NFL quarterback was paid with Temporary Assistance for Needy Family funds (commonly known as welfare) for a series of speaking engagements and appearances. Favre was paid by Mississippi Community Education Center, a nonprofit group whose former leaders, Nancy and Zachary New, are awaiting trial.
Favre said White was lying about his involvement in the welfare embezzlement scheme, and that White had never returned Favre’s calls or requests for a meeting.
“These are lies,” White tweeted in response, addressing each of Favre’s claims in several tweets.
Favre said he fulfilled the terms of his contract. White said Favre told agents in the auditor’s office he hadn’t.
Although Favre paid the $1.1 million, he still owes the state $228,000 in interest. If he doesn’t pay it back, the Mississippi Attorney General’s office can pursue the debt in court.
Lee O. Sanderlin is an investigative and political reporter covering the state of Mississippi. Got a story tip? You can call him at 601-559-3857, send it to [email protected] or message him on Twitter @LeeOSanderlin.
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