Investigation finds Mississippi governor helped Farve secure welfare funds

 | September 14, 2022

Text messages between the two were revealed after the investigation concluded.


In an investigative report by Mississippi Today, it was revealed that former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant helped former NFL quarterback Brett Favre obtain welfare funds in order to help build a new volleyball center at the University of Southern Mississippi.

The news organization scoured over text messages from 2017 and 2019 that were filed Monday in the state of Mississippi's civil lawsuit over misspent welfare funds.

These texts were filed by an attorney representing Nancy New, who has already pleaded guilty to 13 felony counts of bribery, fraud and racketeering for her role in the welfare scheme.

New was previously the founder of the Mississippi Community Education Center, which was tasked with spending tens of millions in federal welfare funds to help the state.

Auditors of the state revealed that nonprofit leaders misspent at least $77m in welfare funds.

The texts show that Farve looked to divert at least $5m in welfare funds to build a volleyball stadium at Southern Miss, where his daughter played volleyball.

In the messages, Farve asked New: “If you were to pay me is there any way the media can find out where it came from and how much?”

New went on to assure Farve that: “We never have that information publicized.”

New went on to say: “Wow, just got off the phone with Phil Bryant! He is on board with us! We will get this done!”

Last year, Favre had to pay back $600,000 to the state of Mississippi, an amount he had been paid for speeches he never gave.



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Ricky Gray

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