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JACKSON, miss. A defendant in a Mississippi welfare fraud case said in a court document that she directed $ 1.1 million in welfare money to former NFL star Brett Favre following instructions from previous government. Phil Bryant.
Mississippi news media reports that the prosecution, which Bryant denies, is in a case on behalf of defendant Nancy New, who along with her son once ran a nonprofit group and an education firm in Mississippi.
After pleading guilty in April to criminal charges, Nancy New, 69, and her son Zachary New, 39, agreed to testify against others in what the state auditor has called the Mississippi’s largest public corruption case in the past two decades.
Her lawsuit is in a civil lawsuit filed by the Mississippi Department of Human Services against the Mississippi Community Education Center Inc., once run by the new family. In the 29-page document, her lawyers say she acted on the instructions of MDHS officials in the award of various contracts and the award of funds.
The application was dated Monday and was first reported by Mississippi Today, a nonprofit digital news operation that has reported extensively on the welfare scandal.
She specifically mentions Bryant regarding $ 1.1 million in cash paid to Favre “in return for Favre’s speech at events, keynote speeches, radio and promotional events, and business partner development.”
A spokesman for the former governor issued a statement dismissing the allegations, according to WAPT-TV.
“These allegations against Governor Bryant are false,” the statement said. “Every claim against these individuals was discovered and prosecuted as a result of an investigation that Governor Bryant requested the state auditor.”
The state auditor has demanded repayment of $ 77 million of misused welfare funds, including the $ 1.1 million paid to the retired NFL quarterback.
Favre has not been charged with any criminal offense and has repaid the money. He has said he did not know the money he received came from welfare funds and has rejected the auditor’s claims that he was paid for events he did not attend. Favre also said his charity had given millions of dollars to poor children in Mississippi, where he lives, and Wisconsin, where he was a star of the Green Bay Packers.