Brett Favre, wrestlers sued by Mississippi for poor welfare spending

The Mississippi Department of Human Services is suing 38 people or companies, including retired NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre, for failing to spend millions in welfare money to help the nation’s poorest state, according to multiple reports.

The lawsuit filed in Hinds County Court, aimed at recovering more than $20 million in cash, alleges that the defendants “squandered” the TAP program.

“I don’t understand these people,” Attorney Brad Piggott, who wrote the lawsuit, told Mississippi Today. “What kind of person would decide that the money required by law to help the poorest people in the poorest states is better spent on their families, their pet projects, and their favorite celebrities?”

The lawsuit was filed just weeks after her mother and son, Nancy New, 69, and Zachary New, 39, pleaded guilty to criminal charges of improper spending. The duo agreed to testify against others in the corruption case, which auditor Chad White said was the largest in Mississippi in the past two decades.

They ran a nonprofit group and 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 has been illegally transferred to the nonprofits or other contractors, who are “second-tier” recipients of the division, the outlet reported.

Brad Pigott, the attorney involved in the case, is upset by the fact that Brett Favre and others have blown millions of welfare money.
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Some welfare money was spent on drug rehabilitation in California for former professional wrestler Brett DiBiase. He is named as a defendant in the lawsuit, along with his father and brother, Ted DiBiase Sr. Ted “Teddy” DiBiase Jr.

In 2020, Nancy and Zachary, along with John Davis, the former executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services and three other people, were indicted in state court over improper spending.

Last year, White demanded $77 million in lost welfare money, which included $1.1 million paid to Favre, who lives in Mississippi and has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

Former NFL quarterback Brett Farff looks at the ring of honor during a halftime break party during the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys on October 16, 2016 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The Cowboys defeated Al Hazm 30-16.
Auditor Chad White accused Brett Favre of being paid for his speeches and not showing up.
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White Favre was accused of being paid for speeches and not attending. Favre stated that he did not know the money came from welfare funds and noted that his charitable foundation gave millions in cash to help poverty-stricken children in Mississippi and Wisconsin.

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

Brett DiBiase and five other people have been charged and arrested for allegedly embezzling millions of federal funds intended for the poor through an investigation by the Mississippi State Auditor's Office.
Brett DiBiase and five other people have been charged and arrested for allegedly embezzling millions of federal funds intended for the poor through an investigation by the Mississippi State Auditor’s Office.
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In January 2019, Favre hosted a Prevacus stock sales presentation at his home and attended by several defendants, as an agreement was reached to spend “significant” welfare grant money on Prevacus and its affiliate PreSolMD Inc.

The lawsuit alleges that the stock was in the name of Nancy and Zack, but that it was also for the financial benefit of Favre, VanLandingham and the two companies. He demands $2.1 million in welfare grant money that was improperly paid to the two companies that year.

Favre’s longtime agent James “Bus” Cook did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.

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

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

Prosecutor Lynn Fitch and Gov. “Our goal with this lawsuit is to seek justice for the broken trust of the people of Mississippi and to recover the money they misspent,” Tate Reeves said in a joint statement Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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