JACKSON, Miss. (AP/WTVA) — State Auditor Shad White says his staff found $94 million in questionable expenses by the Mississippi Department of Human Services and a Tupelo-based nonprofit connected to the agency.
The Family Resource Center of North Mississippi is one of the nonprofits mentioned in an audit, released Monday.
According to the audit, the FRC did the following:
• hired lobbyists with welfare money, which is unallowable, often with no paperwork describing the work the lobbyists were hired to do
• paid large sums of money to former wrestlers Ted Dibiase, Ted Dibiase, Jr., and Brett Dibiase for work that was not performed, for unreasonable travel costs or with little proof the programs helped the needy
• used welfare money to fund religious concerts with no proof they benefitted the needy
• made unallowable donations with welfare money
The audit also found another nonprofit group, the Mississippi Community Education Center, used more than $1 million in welfare money to pay former NFL quarterback Brett Favre for multiple speaking engagements — but he did not show up at the events.
Favre is not charged with wrongdoing.
However, a former Human Services director and five other people are awaiting trial on charges of misspending money that was supposed to help poor people.