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Former DHS director sentenced in Brett Favre/Mississippi welfare scandal

Written by Tony Ghaul

A key figure in Mississippi’s massive welfare fraud scandal, that involved NFL Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre, pleaded guilty Thursday to federal and state charges.

Former Department of Human Services Director John Davis pleaded guilty to five counts of conspiracy and 13 counts of fraud against the government in Hinds County Circuit Court. Davis was sentenced to 32 years in state prison, and ordered him to pay restitution.

John Davis, former director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, enters the Thad Cochran United States Courthouse in Jackson, Miss., on Thursday, where he is pleaded guilty to new federal charges in a conspiracy to misspend tens of millions of dollars that were intended to help needy families.
Photo courtsey of Rogelio V. Solis/AP

Davis appeared in U.S. District Court, where he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and to commit theft concerning programs receiving federal funds, and one count of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds. He is scheduled to be sentenced on the federal charges Feb. 2, and faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for the conspiracy count and 10 years in prison for the theft charge.

As part of the plea deal, Davis agreed to testify in state and federal court in the prosecution of other criminally charged defendants.

Attorneys say the text messages show Phil Bryant, the former governor pushed to help get millions in federal welfare dollars to construct a volleyball stadium, which Favre wanted at the University of Southern Mississippi. Bryant and Favre have not been criminally charged.

Former DHS director sentenced in Brett Favre/Mississippi welfare scandal

Brett Favre, John Davis and Phil Bryant. Photo courtsey of The Daily Mail

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