Legendary NFL quarterback Brett Favre was paid over $1M for speaking engagements he never delivered by a nonprofit group accused of embezzling federal welfare money, according to the Mississippi state auditor.
Favre's name surfaced in an audit of spending by Mississippi's Department of Human Services, which is accused of misspending as much as $94M in funds, including $4M in federal funds that were supposed to be ticketed for the poor under the federal government's TANF program.
Favre will not face criminal charges, the Mississippi Clarion Ledger reported.
The audit was released on Monday by the office of state auditor Shad White. The audit said Favre was paid $1.1M for two speaking engagements at events he did not attend, by a group named the Mississippi Community Education Center.
The MCEC made payments to Favre's company, Favre Enterprises, in December 2017 and June 2018, for appearances that would include speaking and signing autographs, the audit said.
“Auditors were able to determine that the individual contracted did not speak nor was he present for those events," it said.
Favre and his representatives did not respond to request for comment on the audit, according to the Associated Press.
In February, five defendants, including former Mississippi DHS Director John Davis, pled not guilty. His trial was scheduled to begin June 1, the AP reported. Former wrestler Brett DiBiase also pled not guilty.
In a statement released separately from the audit, White said the embezzlement case was one of "the most egregious misspending my staff have seen in their careers at the Office of the State Auditor," the Clarion Ledger reported.