Mississippi Welfare Scandal Spreads Well Beyond Brett Favre

Millions earmarked for the needy in the nation’s poorest state instead went to projects that benefited the well-to-do, the state alleges, including a volleyball stadium at Mr. Favre’s alma mater.

​As he became further enmeshed in a scheme that diverted federal welfare money to build a volleyball stadium that cost more than $5 million at the University of Southern Mississippi, the former football star Brett Favre texted a question to the ​head of a nonprofit doling out funds meant to go to welfare recipients in the nation’s poorest state.

“If you were to pay me,” he wrote in 2017 of a $1.1 million proposal for promotional efforts that would actually be

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