Brett Favre has to pay the state of Mississippi back in a big way after he received welfare money as part of an extension fraud scheme.

The New York Times reports that the legendary quarterback must re-pay $600,000 that he owes to the state of Mississippi. Favre was one of 10 people who received letters from a state auditor last month demanding repayment. Shad White’s office sent Favre the letter and, since he was connected to the scam, the famous QB repaid it.

Favre was among 10 individuals who were sent letters from state auditor Shad White’s office this month that demanded repayment of tens of millions of dollars connected to the scam. 

“This week Brett Favre repaid $600,000,” White said to the Times. Then he added that the Green Bay Packers star still owes $228,000.


“If Mr. Favre does not repay the full amount within 30 days of our demand, the attorney general will be responsible for enforcing the payment of the interest and has the option to file suit.”

The 52-year-old NFL legend was improperly paid $1.1 million in welfare funds between December 2017 and June 2018 according to the report. They discovered this issue during a May 2020 audit. The state of Mississippi allowed millions in anti-poverty funds to be used for football tickets, religious concerts, lobbyists, and other programs for state law makers.

WWE Hall of Famer “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase and his sons were also caught up in this scam. They are now required to pay back $4 million.

We will continue monitoring this ongoing story here at Thirsty.

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H Jenkins

Years of experience in writing, journalism, and digging exclusive insider info for Ringside News opened the door for a new opportunity for Jenkins. With a history in finance, he broke into the journalism game by writing on blogs and other freelance websites before branching into sports and entertainment news. Being in tune with pop culture doesn't mean it has to make sense, but he tries. Favorite bands include any group from Seattle who formed between 1991 and 1999. 5 Ozzfests under his belt and 12 Warped Tours, but his last concert was a bluegrass AC/DC cover band that was not 100% terrible.

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