Brett Favre to repay $1.1M for phantom speeches

After being linked to the biggest welfare scandal in state history Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre has been quick to unlink himself from $1.1 million in no-show money.

According to State Auditor Shad White, the Southern Miss legend paid his office $500,000 on Wednesday and plans to repay the remaining $600,000 in installments over the next few months.

Favre was given that money by the Mississippi Department of Human Services and a nonprofit the Mississippi Community Education Center for multiple speaking engagements in which he reportedly never attended.

A Hancock High School alum, Favre has also faced scrutiny in recent months for his other ties to MCEC, including its funding of a Southern Miss volleyball facility and its association to a concussion drug company Prevacus.

White says the money Favre is returning will eventually be sent to the Mississippi DHS for welfare-appropriate expenditures.  He goes on to say “I want to applaud Mr. Favre for his good faith effort to make this right and make the taxpayers and TANF families whole. 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 received the money in December 2017 and June 2018.

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