October 5, 2022

NFL legend Brett Favre ‘questioned by the FBI after being paid $1.1m from a Mississippi welfare fund for motivational speeches he by no means made’

  • Brett Favre was reportedly paid $1.1m for motivational speeches he didn’t make
  • Favre’s fee was a part of a wider $70m scandal involving welfare cash
  • NFL legend stated final 12 months he had paid the cash again, however a Mississippi state auditor can be demanding $228,000 in curiosity, in response to experiences
  • Favre shouldn’t be accused of a criminal offense and stated he believed fee was for commercials he took half in over the house of three years

NFL Corridor of Famer Brett Favre has reportedly been questioned by the FBI for his alleged involvement in a welfare fraud case wherein he was paid $1.1million for motivational speeches he by no means made.

The Inexperienced Bay Packers legend, 52, who has not been accused of a criminal offense, was stated to have been paid the money in 2017 and 2018, as a part of a wider $70million scandal – together with knowledgeable wrestler, a horse farm and a volleyball complicated.

NBC Information experiences that Favre, who has since given again the $1.1m however not the $228,000 in curiosity being demanded by a Mississippi state auditor, has now spoken to FBI relating to the case.

Favre has beforehand defended himself on social media, posting in October 2021 that he was unaware the place the cash had come from, and that he believed he was being paid for collaborating in three years of commercials.

Favre is an NFL Hall of Famer and Super Bowl winner in 1998 (pictured) with the Packers

Favre is an NFL Corridor of Famer and Tremendous Bowl winner in 1998 (pictured) with the Packers

It’s alleged that the cash paid to Favre got here from the Non permanent Help for Needy Households (TANF) welfare fund, and got here on the path of former Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant. Bryant has additionally denied understanding the money got here from welfare cash.

Talking on Twitter, Favre stated final 12 months: ‘I’m doing all that I can to assist this investigation to make issues proper for the individuals of Mississippi and I’ve shared all that I do know, which is that I used to be paid for 3 years of commercials that I did, and I paid taxes on the cash, as I ought to.

‘After all the cash was returned as a result of I might by no means knowingly take funds meant to assist our neighbors in want, however for Shad White to proceed to push out this lie that the cash was for no-show occasions is one thing I can’t keep silent about.’

Favre has paid back the $1.1m and claims he believed the money was for commercials he was in

Favre has paid again the $1.1m and claims he believed the cash was for commercials he was in

The former quarterback defended himself on social media last year amid the allegations

The previous quarterback defended himself on social media final 12 months amid the allegations

White is the state auditor who first found the misspending and fraud, in response to the report.

Favre is a Tremendous Bowl champion and three-time NFL MVP who performed for the Falcons, Packers, Jets and Vikings, however is most well-known for his 15 years as quarterback in Inexperienced Bay.

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He was inducted into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame in 2016.