in a development that can affect Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback Brett Favrea key figure in a reveal Mississippi welfare rigging scandal entered into a plea Thursday with state and federal prosecutors.
In a deal announced by the US Department of Justice, John DavisThe former director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services pleaded guilty Thursday for his role in a scheme that misdirected more than $70 million in welfare funds set aside to support the state’s most needy residents. In exchange for the plea, Davis is expected to cooperate with investigators who are seeking additional prosecution in the scandal.
Davis’ cooperation is seen as important to state and federal prosecutors, who are seeking information about other potential individuals involved in various stages of misdirection of funds. The investigation includes several unnamed (for now) co-conspirators with Davis.
Favre has come under media scrutiny for nearly $8.1 million in welfare funds that were allegedly given to entities linked to the former NFL star. of that amount, $1.1 million straight Favre . went to For public speaking performances that he reportedly did not do, as well as $5 million for construction of a volleyball building at the University of Southern Mississippi, Favre’s alma mater, and $2 million to a pharmaceutical startup, added as Favre Investor gone.
Favre paid $1.1 million for incomplete speaking engagement Although not the interest earned that prosecutors asked for — and his attorney has denied the former NFL quarterback that welfare funds were being tapped for any of his efforts. With his plea agreement, Davis can answer any questions for prosecutors about Favre’s level of knowledge or influence, as well as shed light on any meetings regarding funds that went to entities linked to the former NFL star. could.
According to the DOJ’s announcement, Davis directed his office to “provide federal funds to two non-profit organizations and then direct the two organizations to fraudulently provide contracts to various entities and individuals for social services that have never been provided.” were not done.”
As part of his plea, Davis is expected to disclose how the alleged fraud was established and that the precise individuals benefited. Such cooperation is considered a massive coup for state and federal prosecutors, who accused Davis as the central facilitator in the misappropriation scandal. Davis was indicted on two dozen charges for his role in the misappropriation and faces the prospect of nearly 50 years in prison, convicted on all counts. Instead, with his cooperation and plea agreement for some charges, he is expected to face only a fraction of the time behind bars in exchange for cooperation that may involve other figures.
Davis’ guilty plea is the second major settlement in the case by prosecutors, after nonprofit manager Nancy New, who in April pleaded guilty and pleaded guilty to 13 offenses related to the investigation. New was accused of pushing a non-profit that was used to move welfare funds for various projects into an enterprise that state and government officials have historically described as “well-connected”. For the plot was described as welfare.
In addition to Favre, prosecutors are also investigating former Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant. Report published by Mississippi Today Detailed purported texts linking Bryant, Davis, New, and Favre to funds sought for a volleyball construction project in Southern Miss. Among those materials, Bryant reportedly instructed Favre to write a funding proposal, which would be approved by the Mississippi Department of Humane. Services. Bryant has denied any recollection of using welfare funds for inappropriate projects.