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Favre disputes details of Mississippi state auditor's report

Updated: 4:39 p.m. on May 8, 2020

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre is disputing a Mississippi state auditor's report that says he received $1.1 million in welfare money for multiple speaking engagements he didn't show up for.

Favre told ESPN Wisconsin's "Wilde & Tausch" radio show he was being paid for his role in radio public service announcements and advertisements.

He says he has never not shown up for an appearance.

Favre has agreed to pay back the money.

He says he wishes the auditor would have contacted him. 
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Posted: 5:23 p.m. on May 6, 2020

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre is repaying more than $1 million in welfare money that he received for speeches where he did not show up.

Mississippi Auditor Shad White said Favre paid $500,000 Wednesday and pledged to repay $600,000 in the next few months.

An audit that White released Monday showed Favre had been paid by a nonprofit group called the Mississippi Community Education Center. It was using money intended to help needy families.

White says he has seen no indication that Favre knew he was being paid with welfare money. Favre was paid in 2017 and 2018.

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