John Davis enters a guilty plea in the Brett Favre-related fraud case
John Davis, the former head of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, will plead guilty Thursday to various federal and state crimes linked to welfare fraud. According to court documents, he agreed to help prosecutors with additional cases.
Brett Favre’s name comes up in the investigations, and it is not ruled out that he is involved.
“The State and the Defense have announced that a global plea resolution has been reached between the State, federal authorities and the Defendant, John Davis, whereby the Defendant, John Davis, has agreed to cooperate fully, including by providing truthful testimony at trial, with the state and all federal authorities in the prosecution of any and all additional criminal defendants, in state or federal court, for the criminal misuse of federal TANF grant funds,” a court filing explained
John Davis pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy and fraud. During the hearing, U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves asked Davis if he understood the charges.
Davis always said “Yes, sir,”
Reeves set Feb. 2 sentencing. The judge expects Davis to make better judgments in the future while on bail.
The conspiracy charge carries up to five years in jail and a $250,000 punishment, while theft brings up to 10 years and a $250,000 fine.
In April, a nonprofit founder and her son pled guilty to embezzling welfare money, including first-class travel for Davis. Nancy New and Zachary New testified.
An attorney representing one of the News organizations listed Brett Favre’s text communications with Nancy New, Kobe Bryant, and New in a Sept. 12 court filing.
The texts discussed Favre’s personal project, a volleyball facility at USM. Favre, Bryant, and New attended the university, and Favre’s daughter plays volleyball there. Favre and Bryant are not charged in the welfare case.