Brett Favre sued for interest on misspent welfare funds

By , Audacy Sports

NFL legend Brett Favre's involvement in misspent welfare funds took another turn on Monday, when it was revealed he and others are being sued by the state of Mississippi.

The state's Department of Human Services is suing Favre to recoup over $200,000 in interest on funds that were paid to Favre for alleged no-show promotional appearances, the Associated Press reported.

The Hall of Famer had previously returned $1.1 million in the misappropriated funds, which was discovered as part of a state audit of a nonprofit group that had misspent around $20 million.

Two people recently pled guilty to state criminal charges after spending the money, which was earmarked for the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program, on lavish gifts such as first-class air travel for the department's former executive director.

Favre was not facing criminal charges in the case.

In addition to Favre, several professional wrestlers, including "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase and his sons Brett DiBiase and Teddy DiBiase, as well as several business entities, were also named in Monday's lawsuit.

State auditor Shad White had previously called it the largest corruption case in Mississippi in decades.

Last year, White said Favre had repaid the principal amount owed but was still on the hook for outstanding interest.

The lawsuit said Favre had urged the CEO of Prevacus, a company that was trying to develop a concussion drug and in which Favre was an investor, to lobby the nonprofit group for welfare funds to invest in the company.

Favre, the CEO, and several employees from the nonprofit at one point agreed to the investment scheme, the lawsuit claims.

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