John Davis, a character in the related Brett Favre fraud scandal, pleads guilty

John Davis, the former executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, pleaded guilty Thursday to two federal charges in the ongoing lawsuit for his role in the state’s welfare scandal involving NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre.

Davis pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit Internet fraud and theft related to programs that receive federal loans and one count of theft related to programs that receive federal funds, according to the Issued by the US Department of Justice.

Davis is due to be sentenced on February 2, 2023, and the charges against him carry a maximum sentence of 15 years. The 54-year-old, who served as CEO from February 2016 to July 19, helped divert at least $5 million in federal sponsorship funds toward unsuitable projects that include the construction of a new volleyball facility at Southern Miss, Favre University. His daughter plays for the school’s volleyball team.

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