Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre has allegedly been connected to a multi-million dollar welfare scam, and the FBI plans to work with a source who’s closely related to the plot.
To fund his alma mater, the University of Southern Mississippi, Favre allegedly worked with Mississippi’s former Department of Human Services — John Davis — and other government officials to steal more than $5 million from Mississippi’s welfare fund.
The money was allegedly used to build a new volleyball facility at the school; his daughter played on the team, TMZ reports.
This past Thursday, Davis pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud Mississippi out of more than $70 million in federal funds, which he stole from low-income Mississippians. He’s now agreed to tell the FBI everything he knows about the plot, and that may include how Favre allegedly played a role in it.
So far, texts from 2017 that were exchanged between Favre and a woman who ran a nonprofit have been uncovered. In their conversation, Favre asks the woman “If you were to pay me is there any way the media can find out where it came from and how much?” And she responds, “No we never have had that information publicized.”
A few hours later, the woman texted Favre back, saying Mississippi’s governor, Phil Bryant, was down to be part of the plot.
“Wow, just got off the phone with [then Mississippi Governor] Phil Bryant! He is on board with us! We will get this done!”
“Awesome. I needed to hear that for sure,” responded Favre. Davis is facing 15 years in prison for his part in the scheme.