New courtroom paperwork within the Mississippi welfare rip-off revealed that Brett Favre tried to misappropriate funds once more in 2019, this time for a brand new soccer observe facility for Southern Mississippi College.
Textual content messages between Favre and former governor Phil Bryant element how Favre sought to duplicate the funding he obtained for the college’s volleyball courtroom, making use of it this time to the soccer program. The efforts got here amidst a serious recruiting push by Favre to try to convey quarterback Shedeur Sanders to Hattisburg, notably the son of Deion Sanders, who finally signed with Jackson State after his father was named head coach of the HBCU.
“I would like your affect one way or the other to get donations and or sponsorships,” Favre texted Bryant. “Clearly Southern has no cash so I’m hustling to get it raised.”
Bryant’s legal professionals are combating again, saying the revealed textual content messages present no proof that Favre and Bryant wished to make use of public funds, and that their focus was on non-public funding. Nonetheless, this justification is essentially semantic and doesn’t actually maintain water. The complete fraud scheme revolved round funneling Non permanent Help for Needy Households (TANF) funds, via a nonprofit owned by Nancy New as a approach to masks public funding as non-public donation.
Utilizing that as a protection, and claiming neither occasion meant to deduce that public funds must be used is a reasonably weak protection, particularly when Favre immediately referred to the 2017 funding for the Southern Mississippi volleyball courtroom, which did come from TANF funds misappropriated by New.
“I need you to understand how a lot I like Nancy New and John Davis,” Favre wrote. “What they’ve performed for me and Southern Miss is wonderful.”
Bryant’s legal professionals declare that the governor didn’t know TANF funds have been used for the volleyball courtroom till Favre despatched him the above textual content in 2019. Nonetheless, there may be textual content message proof from 2017 that reveals Favre talked about New and her nonprofit to Bryant on quite a few events, together with relating to the development of the volleyball courtroom, and an funding in concussion drug Prevacus, which Favre was a key participant in.
The previous governor has been working to suppress the general public launch of textual content messages, along with his legal professionals claiming that Bryant is the sufferer, going as far as to insinuate that public launch of the textual content messages serves as reprisal for Bryant standing in opposition to the welfare fraud.
“This movement was introduced in unhealthy religion and solely to harass, embarrass, and oppress Governor Bryant as a result of he refused to show a blind eye to the crimes perpetrated by New and Davis.”
There appears to be not less than some cognizance by Bryant that Favre’s strategies for funding have been breaking the legislation, as a result of one of many ultimate messages launched to the courtroom mentioned the next:
“We’re going to get there. This was an awesome assembly. However now we have to observe the legislation. I’m to [sic] outdated for Federal Jail.” He added a smiling emoji with sun shades.
Completely a standard message somebody would ship who was searching for to boost non-public funding for a soccer observe facility.
We’ll proceed to watch the Favre state of affairs because it develops, and because the state of Mississippi continues to construct a case in opposition to perpetrators of the welfare scheme.