There is a new development in the Brett Favre benefit scandal as of 2020. Nancy New, a defendant in the benefit fraud case involving millions of dollars in Mississippi state social benefits being obscured and misdirectedsaid former state governor Phil Bryant instructed her to donate $1.1 million from a state fund for needy families to the Hall of Fame quarterback and Mississippi product.
Bryant, who left office in 2020, released a statement denying the allegation, which New confirmed under oath. New and her son, Zach New, pleaded guilty to criminal charges in April and are now testifying against others involved in the corruption case. Neither Bryant nor Favre were charged in the initial arrests, so this is an important development, as both claimed they were unaware that the money was being funneled from social funds to pay Favre for a radio PSA and several public speaking appearances that never happened. happened.
New previously ran the Mississippi Community Education Center, and through its organization allotted federal government resources intended for the poorest residents of the staten. Favre has since the money was repaid to the state and claimed he didn’t know where it came from.
New also sent money to a start-up pharmaceutical company called Prevacus which both Favre and Bryant invested in, although Bryant withdrew his financial involvement after reportedly discovering the company was receiving federal funding.
Favre’s share of the money is just a small part of a much larger embezzlement, in which New and the MCEC stole or misused more than $70 million in Mississippi taxpayers’ money. My former colleague Jesse Spector reported on the first “boondoggle” and subsequent disclosures and payments (or avoidances thereof) in 2020 when the news first broke, and you can read his coverage on Favre here and here.