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The recent Mississippi welfare fraud scandal

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 involving former NFL quarterback Brett Favre is starting

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to grab national news attention.

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The scandal was featured in a primetime episode

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on NBC Nightly News on Wednesday night.

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An investigation by Mississippi Today revealed on Tuesday that

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former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant assisted Favre in obtaining welfare funds to help build a new volleyball centre at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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According to Favre's legal team, the NFL Hall of Famer had no idea he was receiving misdirected welfare funds.

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Favre and Bryant have not been charged criminally.