The Mississippi Department of Human Services has named Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre in a lawsuit seeking to recoup roughly $24 million in misspent welfare funds intended to combat poverty in one of the nation's poorest states.
The lawsuit filed on Monday seeks $3.2 million combined from Favre and Favre Enterprises, Inc. Favre is one of 38 defendants in the lawsuit that also names former pro wrestlers Brett and Ted DiBiase and their father Ted DiBiase Sr. aka “The Million Dollar Man.”
Ex-Department of Human Services Executive Director John Davis is named in the lawsuit as responsible for more than $23 million in misspent funds in a scandal State Auditor Shad White has called the “largest public fraud in state history.”
Per the lawsuit as reported by Mississippi Today, Davis allegedly worked in tandem with non-profits to improperly distribute funds provided by the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program intended for Mississippi residents in need. Davis was appointed by former Governor Phil Bryant.
woman named Nancy New and her son Zach New allegedly ran the non-profits Mississippi Community Education Center (MCEC) and Family Resource Center of North Mississippi and are also named in the lawsuit. Nancy New and the MCEC are named as responsible for more than $19 million. Many of the figures cited in the suit are considered overlapping debts.
Davis faces 20 criminal charges connected to the scandal including conspiracy, embezzlement, bribery and fraud. Nancy and Zach new pleaded guilty in April to charges of misusing public funds with Nancy admitting guilt to four counts of bribing a public official, two counts of fraud against the government, six counts of wire fraud and racketeering, Mississippi Today reports.
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