Another chapter was added on Monday to the ongoing saga involving embattled NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre and his alleged role in the largest public fraud scheme in Mississippi history.
State Auditor Shad White issued a press release, announcing he is counter-suing Favre to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in uncollected principal and interest on $1.1 million the former Southern Miss star paid back after acquiring from the state to have a new volleyball stadium constructed at his alma mater.
The counter-suit by the auditor comes four days after Hinds County Circuit Court Judge E. Faye Peterson denied White’s motion to dismiss the defamation lawsuit Favre filed against him as well as former NFL players turned media personalities Pat McAfee and Shannon Sharpe.
In the suit, the trio is accused of making defamatory statements against the former quarterback and his accused involvement in the $94 million Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) scandal. McAfee and Sharpe have since been withdrawn from the lawsuit.
Brett Favre played for the Green Bay Packers from 1992-2007 (photo from Mississippi Tour Guide)
White is now demanding that the former Green Bay Packer pay a total of $729,790 in unpaid principal and interest on the $1.1 million he is said to have acquired through a fraudulent transaction with former Mississippi Department of Human Services Director John Davis and Mississippi Community Education Center founder Nancy New — both of whom have been locked up for their roles in the scandal.
In 2022, the MDHS sued Favre in an attempt to recover welfare money that was used for the infamous volleyball court and to help fund an experimental concussion treatment company Favre had invested in, but the agency did not sue to recover for the amounts due in relation to the $1.1 million transfer. White’s counter-suit seeks to have Favre pony up for all money he allegedly owes the state.
“Mississippi’s Constitution and laws require that the State Auditor act to protect the taxpayers and fully collect all public funds which Mr. Favre received
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