Brett Favre hasn't repaid balance of embezzled welfare funds: report

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By , Audacy Sports

NFL legend Brett Favre has not yet returned an estimated $600,000 he still owes to the state of Mississippi after he received over $1 million in embezzled welfare funds, according to a report.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer refunded his home state about $500,000 last year after it was revealed he had been paid around $1.1 million for reported no-show engagements and appearances on behalf of the Mississippi Community Education Center, a nonprofit affiliated with the state's Department of Human Services.

Several of the MCEC's top executives were arrested in February 2020 on charges of rerouting federal welfare funds earmarked for the TANF welfare program to inappropriate expenditures, including lavish personal purchases, the payments to Favre, and the financing of a concussion research firm called Prevacus.

Favre denied knowing the funds were embezzled, and pledged to return to the full amount. He also denied blowing off the engagements for which he was paid, claiming he'd produced several ads for a "Families First" campaign.

The Packers legend cut a $500,000 check in May 2020, vowing to refund the rest at a later date. The state auditor welcomed Favre's repayment at the time, but, according to a report published by Mississippi Today on Thursday, Favre was yet to settle up on the remaining $600,000.

No agency has demanded Favre return the funds, since an investigation into the embezzlement allegations is ongoing, the report said. Favre has not been charged with a crime, although several transactions involving him were marked as a "questioned cost" by state auditors.

The incident was just one of several notable headlines last year involving Favre, who seemed to step up his presence with media appearances and an increasingly outspoken approach on social and political issues.

The 51-year-old gridiron great turned heads when he hit the links with President Trump at his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., and later endorsed him for reelection. Favre waded into polarizing debates on several occasions, usually with decidedly conservative takes, including when he opined that football players "make too much money to voice an opinion."

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