Letters of demand have been sent to recover more than $77 million dollars in misspent funds intended to help poor families.
State Auditor Shad White served demands to individuals who signed off on the illegal spending, including two famous sports figures. White said his agency in 2019 discovered tens of millions of dollars misspent from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. A forensic audit, by a CPA firm from Maryland, confirmed the state Audit Department's findings, White said.
Among those White seeks payment from:
John Davis, former executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, is ordered to pay back more than 493 million dollars, which includes interest, for his role in authorizing the illegal spending. The agency seeks $83 million from two non-profit organizations, the Mississippi Community Education Center and the Family Resource Center, for misspent or improperly disbursed portions of the $77 million:
- $225,000 from Brett "Dibiase, son of former pro wrestler Ted "Million Dollar Man" DiBiase.
- $828,000 thousand from Favre Enterprises and former NFL star Brett Favre.
- $722,000 thousand from Heart of David Ministries, controlled by Ted DiBiase Sr.
- $2,589 from Nancy New.
- $3.9 million from Ted DBiase Jr.
- $75,000 from Warren, Washington, Issaquena, Sharkey Community Action Agency, or WWISCAA.
- $74,000 from Zach New.
If the demanded amounts aren't paid within 30 days, the state attorney general's office will be responsible for enforcing the demands in court.
White said the demands are civil in nature and do not imply criminal liability.