Brett Favre, South Mississippi Welfare Fighters Missing: Report

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the Mississippi The Department of Human Services sued 38 individuals or companies, including retirees NFL Hall of Famer quarterback Brett Favre, per missing pending millions of welfare money aimed at helping the poorest state in the country, according to multiple reports.

The lawsuit, filed with the Hinds County Circuit Court, aims to recover the more than $ 20 million in cash it supports defendants “squandered” by the anti-poverty program of Temporary Assistance for Families in Need.

“I don’t understand these people,” said attorney Brad Pigott, who wrote the lawsuit Mississippi today. “What kind of person would decide that the money the law requires to be spent on helping the poorest people in the poorest state would be best spent on distributing them to their families, their favorite projects and their favorite celebrities?”

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The lawsuit was filed just weeks after the mother and son duo of Nancy New, 69, and Zachary New, 39, pleaded guilty to state criminal charges for misappropriation. The two agreed to testify against others in the bribery case, which according to reviewer Shad White was the largest in Mississippi for the past two decades.

They ran a nonprofit group and an education company in the state, which received tens of millions of dollars under contracts with the Mississippi Department of Human Services; however, much of the money was illegally funneled to other nonprofits or contractors, considered to be the department’s “second tier” recipients, the outlet said.

Part of the welfare money was spent on drug rehab in California for former professional wrestler Brett DiBiase. He was named as a defendant in the lawsuit, along with his father and his brother, Ted DiBiase Sr. and Ted “Teddy” DiBiase Jr.

In 2020, Nancy and Zachary, along with former Mississippi Department of Human Services Executive Director John Davis and three other individuals, were charged in a state court for wrongful spending.

Last year, White demanded reimbursement of $ 77 million in misused social funds, which included $ 1.1 million paid to Favre, who lives in Mississippi and has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

October 11, 2010: Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre reacts during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Jets in East Rutherford, NJ
(AP)

White accused Favre of getting paid for the speeches and not showing up. Favre said he didn’t know the money came from social funds and noted that his charity has provided millions in cash to help poor children in Mississippi and Wisconsin.

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Monday’s lawsuit claims Favre was once the largest external investor and shareholder in Florida-based company Prevacus, which was attempting to develop a concussion drug. The lawsuit claims that in December 2018 Favre hoped Prevacus CEO Jake VanLandingham would ask Nancy to use welfare money to invest in the company.

In January 2019, Favre hosted a Prevacus stock sale presentation at his home that was attended by many of the defendants, where an agreement was reached to spend “substantial” money on social benefits to Prevacus and its corporate affiliate PreSolMD Inc.

The lawsuit claims that the shares were in the names of Nancy and Zach, but were also to the financial advantage of Favre, VanLandingham and the two companies. It demands the repayment of $ 2.1 million in social grants that were improperly paid to the two companies that year.

Brett Favre b. 4 of the Green Bay Packers appear to pass during the NFL Division Playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers on January 4, 1997 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Brett Favre b. 4 of the Green Bay Packers appear to pass during the NFL Division Playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers on January 4, 1997 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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Favre’s longtime agent James “Bus” Cook did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.

The expected deposit comes months after the auditor’s office forwarded the requests for reimbursement of the missed funds to the attorney general’s office.

“I applaud the team that filed this lawsuit and am grateful that the state is taking another step towards taxpayer justice,” White said. “We will continue to work alongside our federal partners – who have been granted access to all of our evidence for more than two years – to make sure the case is fully investigated.”

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gov. Tate Reeves talks about choosing Burl Cain, the former director of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, commonly known as Angola, as the new commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Correction, during Reeves' daily coronavirus update for the media in Jackson, Miss. , Wednesday May 20, 2020.

gov. Tate Reeves talks about choosing Burl Cain, the former director of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, commonly known as Angola, as the new commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Correction, during Reeves’ daily coronavirus update for the media in Jackson, Miss. , Wednesday May 20, 2020.
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Attorney General Lynn Fitch and the governor. Tate Reeves said in a joint statement Monday, “Our purpose with this lawsuit is to seek justice for the trust broken by the people of Mississippi and to recover funds that have been lost.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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