Brett Favre Attorney Eric Herschmann Files Evidence
NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre is seeking to dismiss a Mississippi state agency’s lawsuit over his alleged involvement in a multi-million dollar welfare fraud scheme.
In a motion to dismiss filed Monday, Favre says he was wrongly named as a defendant in the Mississippi Department of Human Services. legal action against dozens of defendants, including sports stars and corporations.
As Law&Crime previously reported, Favre has been linked to a multi-million dollar corruption scandal in the state. According to an MDHS lawsuit, at least $77 million in Temporary Assistance to Families in Need (TANF) funds were diverted from the intended recipients — poor and needy families — and instead went to people who didn’t need the assistance, to say the least.
Favre reportedly received $1.1 million from the TANF program — $500,000 in December 2017 and $600,000 in June 2018 — for speeches he never gave at events he never attended, according to the Mississippi State Auditor shad white. Favre was also involved in a plan to secure millions in funding for a volleyball stadium at the University of Southern Mississippi, where his daughter played volleyball from 2017 to 2022.
Six people were arrested and charged with conspiracy and theft, and five have so far pleaded guilty – including the former MDHS chief John Davis, who said he would work with prosecutors. Favre has not been charged with any crime.
Im requesting termination, attorney Eric Herschman – who also represented the former president donald trump – argues that the blame for misappropriation of funds lies directly with the state.
“Brett Favre did nothing wrong,” Herschmann insisted in the rejection request. “MDHS does not and cannot claim this and its claims against him and his company must be dismissed. It is evident that MDHS has sued Favre, a Mississippi national celebrity, to deflect responsibility for his own egregious wrongdoing by allowing $94 million of its public funds to be misspent — funds MDHS itself admits to that she was “solely responsible”. ‘ There is no factual or legal basis for including Favre in this lawsuit or for the flood of unwarranted negative publicity about Favre that MDHS has brazenly instigated – publicity that should be directed at MDHS, not Favre.”
Herschmann accuses the MDHS of chasing after clout and fame instead of the real culprits.
“Favre’s involvement in this lawsuit has had the intended effect – it has brought national media attention to this case, with the focus on MDHS’ false insinuations regarding Favre’s alleged involvement, rather than MDHS being actually responsible that this scandal happened,” Herschmann writes, adding in a footnote that Gov. Tate Reeves (R) had fired the attorney who originally filed the case because, according to Tate, the attorney was “much more interested in taking a political perspective than in focusing on what is best for the state.”
The filing also states that Favre voluntarily returned the money after learning it came from the Fund for Families in Need.
“Once Favre was informed that he had received TANF funds, he voluntarily returned it, completed the repayment more than six months before MDHS filed this lawsuit, and prompted State Examiner White to pronounce ‘Mr. Favre in good faith for his efforts to applaud faith, to do this right and to save the taxpayers and TANF families,” the motion reads. “In other words, Favre has already returned to MDHS the only monies MDHS allegedly received. She ignores this and other dispositive facts proving that her claims against Favre are not only baseless but sanctionable.”
According to reports, Favre actually returned the monies received, although he did not pay the interest on these amounts.
Herschmann is a Republican attorney who defended Trump in the former president’s first impeachment trial, despite being highly critical of Trump’s baseless conspiracy theory allies on the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol Joe BidenThe 2020 election victory was due to voter fraud.
According to the filing, Favre is also represented by Kasowitz Benson Torres, LLP, another of Trump’s frequently hired law firms that is currently representing the former president on classified documents the FBI allegedly found at his Florida residence.
“While MDHS understands that this case is attracting exceptional attention, we do not attempt press cases,” the MDHS spokesman said Mark Jones Law&Crime said in an email. “We will allow the court’s rulings to have the final say on this matter.”
Herschmann did not immediately respond to Law&Crime’s request for comment.
Read Favre’s application, via Outkick, here.
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