The Mississippi welfare fraud and embezzlement scheme, in which $77 million was funneled away from a program for needy families into other ventures, is the biggest public fraud case in the state’s history. 

A timeline of events shows the NFL player’s involvement dating back to July 2017 when we he first met with officials about funding a volleyball facility for Southern Mississippi. Attendees of the meeting were members of the USM athletics staff, DHS director John Davis and Nancy New, the executive for nonprofit organization Mississippi Community Education Center. Damaging text message evidence revealed in 2022, says that Favre sent a text to New asking, “If you were to pay me is there anyway the media can find out where it came from and how much?” followed by reassurance from New that those things wouldn’t be made public and, a day later, that Gov. Phil Bryant is on board. These messages came to light on Sept. 13, 2022.

In 2020, a story claimed his foundation was working on the volleyball center for the children. A month later, after an audit of their books, the Former Mississippi Department of Human Services Director John Davis, former wrestler Brett DiBiase and four others were indicted and arrested.

Maybe if the people committing the fraud were Black Americans like Kyrie and Kanye, then this would be a bigger national story as it relates to government funds.

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