Brett Favre repays $600K in embezzled welfare funds, still owes $280K in interest

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By , Audacy Sports

NFL legend Brett Favre has repaid an additional $600,000 to Mississippi for fees received from no-show speaking appearances, the state said this week.

However, Favre still owes an additional $280,000 for interest accrued on the original $1.1 million he received in embezzled funds from Mississippi's Department of Human Services, according to state auditor Shad White.

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Favre, 52, made an initial repayment of $500,000 in May 2020, weeks after the allegations of the ill-gotten proceeds first surfaced.

The Hall of Famer has not faced criminal charges over the incident, but in a letter to Favre dated Oct. 12, White warned of possible "enforcement" of repayment if he doesn't pay the outstanding balance within 30 days, the Associated Press reported.

Several former Mississippi DHS officials have been charged over the alleged embezzlement of federal and state funds for lavish personal expenses and other misuse.

The $1.1 million in payments to Favre were discovered during the course of the investigation into the alleged embezzlement, and were marked by auditors as "questioned" transactions. Favre was paid by the Mississippi Community Education Center, a nonprofit with ties to the DHS.

Much of the misspent funds came from the federal government's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program (TANF). Those funds are earmarked for some of the neediest families in Mississippi, which is one of the poorest states in the country.

Favre strongly denied knowing the origins of the payments, and said he would never take money from families in need. He cited the work of his charity with underserved children in Wisconsin and Mississippi, his home state.

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