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Brett Favre Hires New Lawyer as Ties to Welfare Scandal Grow

  • His longtime attorney says he no longer represents Favre on matters related to welfare allegations.
  • Favre is being sued and remains on the radar of state and federal investigators.
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Brett Favre has made adjustments to his legal team as the Hall of Fame quarterback has come under more scrutiny in recent weeks for his ties to the Mississippi welfare scandal. 

His longtime attorney, Bud Holmes, told Front Office Sports on Thursday that he was no longer representing Favre in the matter. Holmes, who said he was asked to no longer comment on the matter, didn’t know the name of the new lawyer or that lawyer’s firm. 

The lawsuit filed by the Mississippi Department of Human Services against two nonprofits and several individuals — including Favre — still lists Holmes and his firm as Favre’s lawyers, according to the online docket. 

A message left with the office of Favre’s agent, Bus Cook, was not immediately returned. 

In total, more than $8 million in misspent funds that came from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and funneled through a nonprofit went to Favre or his pet projects, according to court filings and sources. 

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That amount — part of more than $77 million of allegedly misspent funds from the federal program — includes $1.1 million Favre was paid for speeches he didn’t perform.

Favre has repaired the $1.1 million, but still owes about  $228,000 in interest.

According to text messages and other court documents, Favre also successfully lobbied for $5 million from the state’s welfare agency to fund a volleyball center at the University of Mississippi — his alma mater and where his daughter played the sport at the time.  

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