Nearly three years after receiving an initial payment for appearances he did not make, Brett Favre says he is now repaying the $1.1 million total received, which came out of Mississippi’s federal welfare fund.
That’s after an audit of the Mississippi Department of Human Services revealed Favre received two payments from the Mississippi Community Education Center.
One payment for $500,000 in Dec. 2017, the second for $600,000 in June 2018. The report revealed that Favre, who resides in the state, was never present for the contracted events.
On Wednesday night, Favre issued a statement via social media, denying any wrongdoing.
“My agent is often approached by different products or brands for me to appear in one way or another. This request was no different, and I did numerous ads for Family First,” Favre wrote. ”I have never received moneys for obligations I didn’t meet. To reiterate Auditors White’s statement, I was unaware that the money being dispensed was paid for out of funds not intended for that purpose, and because of that I am refunding the full amount back to the state of Mississippi.
“I have spent my entire career helping children through Favre 4 Hope donating nearly $10 million to underserved and underprivileged children in Mississippi and Wisconsin. It has brought a ton of joy to my life, and I would certainly never do anything to take away from the children I have fought to help! I love Mississippi and I would never knowingly do anything to take away from those that need it most.”
Auditor Shad White told the Associated Press his office received $500,000 from Favre on Wednesday, with the promise of repaying the remaining $600,000 over the next few months.
“I want to applaud Mr. Favre for his good faith effort to make this right and make the taxpayers and (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) families whole,” White said in a statement. “To date, we have seen no records indicating Mr. Favre knew that TANF was the program that served as the source of the money he was paid.”
Favre faces no criminal charges.
The audit of the Mississippi Department of Human Services identified $94 million in questionable spending by the agency, with funds that have been earmarked for the needy. The audit was released after a former Human Services director and five other people were indicted on state charges of embezzling about $4 million.
1/4 My agent is often approached by different products and brands for me to appear in one way or another. This request was no different, and I did numerous ads for Families First.— Brett Favre (@BrettFavre) May 7, 2020
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