State Auditor's Office seeks repayment of misspent welfare money from Brett Favre, others

Lee O. Sanderlin
Mississippi Clarion Ledger

Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre is among people who are being asked to repay the welfare money that the Mississippi State Auditor's Office says they illegally received and spent.

The auditor's office sent a demand for $828,000 to Favre. He originally received $1.1 million of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds through the Mississippi Community Education Center for speaking engagements and other work. 

Favre had pledged to pay back the money, but as of October, he had paid back only $500,000. 

A spokesperson with the auditor's office said the $828,000 figure includes interest from the time that Favre originally received the welfare money.

Brett Favre was inducted into the  Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

The auditor's office is seeking to recoup a total of $96 million, which includes interest, of TANF funds that flowed through human services under former agency head John Davis in recent years.

“Two years ago my office audited (the Department of Human Services),” State Auditor Shad White said in a news release. “After two years of work, we found tens of millions of dollars in misspending. Those findings have now been confirmed, this month, by an independent forensic audit commissioned by DHS."

The demands are a civil action and carry no criminal liability. If the amounts demanded are not repaid in 30 days, it is up to the Mississippi Attorney General's office to enforce the demands in court. A judge can determine exactly how much is to be repaid and by whom it should be paid, according to a spokesperson with the auditor's office.