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Text messages reveal retired NFL star Brett Favre's involvement in a massive welfare fraud case in Mississippi.

The former Packers quarterback is accused of accepting $5 million in welfare funds to build a volleyball stadium for his daughter at Mississippi State University.

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Favre is pictured in 2015 with his daughter, Breleigh, and wife, Deanna Favre.

The $5 million was part of $70 million in federal funds intended for the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families welfare program.

Favre, 52, has not been charged with a crime, but the pressure is mounting as critics accuse prosecutors of a cover up.enl

Text messages reveal Favre and former Gov. Phil Bryant's scheme to misuse the funds for a volleyball stadium.

"Just left Brett Favre. Can we help him with his project. We should meet soon to see how I can make sure we keep your projects on course," Bryant wrote in a text to Nancy New who ran the Mississippi Community Education Center with her son Zach New.

A text message from Favre shows he was concerned that the local media might find out about the secret payment.

"If you were to pay me is there anyway the media can find out where it came from and how much?" he asked.

Nancy New assured Favre that the media would be left in the dark.

"No, we never have had that information publicized. I understand you being uneasy about that though..."

In a follow-up message the next day, she wrote:

"Wow, just got off the phone with Bryant! He is on board with us! We will get this done!"

Nancy New and Zach New pled guilty to state charges of misusing public funds.

Favre and former Gov. Bryant have not been charged with any crimes. Favre's attorneys deny any wrongdoing.

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A former Virginia state employee will spend nearly 6 years in prison for stealing $1.8 million in COVID relief funds.

According to the DOJ website, Sadie Mitchell was sentenced Monday to 70 months in prison for defrauding the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.

Mitchell, 30, submitted 5 PPP applications, containing false statements, to a bank that approved the applications.

Prosecutors say she filed for $1 million in PPP loans using victims' personal identifying information that she obtained from her job as a state government employee.

With the assistance of her co-conspirator, Mitchell filed at least 20 fraudulent unemployment applications using the personal identifying information of prison inmates.

Mitchell's co-conspirator, Lamar Jones, was fatally shot in December 2021.

Mitchell falsely claimed she owned businesses that were in operation on February 15, 2020. She exaggerated her business income and the number of employees who worked for her.

She is accused of accepting PPP loans for businesses that had no customers or employees.

She reportedly used the stolen funds to purchase luxury goods, including gold and diamond jewelry, luxury handbags, shoes and designer clothing for herself, federal prosecutors said.

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Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah pleaded guilty to running a $5 million nationwide marketing scam that robbed elderly people.

Shah pleaded guilty before her trial was set to begin in Manhattan on July 18, according to
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The 48-year-old mom-of-two faces up to 14 years in prison when she is sentenced. She may also be ordered to pay $9.5 million in fines and restitution, per Page Six.

Shah and her assistant Stuart Smith were arrested on federal fraud charges in March 2021. The reality TV personality is accused of running a nationwide telemarketing and money laundering scheme.

Hundreds of elderly victims were charged thousands of dollars to receive unspecified services which "provided little to no value to the victims," according to a 10-page indictment.

Shah struggled to explain what she did for a living on an episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.

"My background is in direct response marketing for about twenty years," she said. "Our company does advertising. We have a platform that helps people acquire customers."

Shah was more forthcoming in federal court on Monday, July 11, when she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The US attorney dropped her second count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, the Mail reported.

She admitted knowing what she did "was wrong" and that she was "so sorry" for the "many people" who were ripped off.

The former reality TV star admitted that she "agreed with others to commit wire fraud" and "knew it misled" her elderly victims.

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During the RHOSLC reunion show in March, Shah broke down as she explained that she was "fighting" the federal charges.

"I'm innocent. I will fight this for every person out there that can't fight for themselves because they don't have the resources or the means, so they don't fight," she said.

"I will fight because number one, I'm innocent, and number two I'm going to f---ing represent every other person out there that can't fight and hasn't been able to."

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Police are looking for 2 men who used a common sleight-of-hand magician's trick to steal thousands of dollars from Atlanta area Publix stores.

Police say the two men used the same magician's trick to rob Publix stores while buying money orders.

"It's all trickery, sleight of hand, and in the end they're short-changing the clerk," said Kennesaw Police Officer David Buchanan. "Using sleight of hand, moving the money when he's not looking or paying attention to where the money is going, to be able to get the money away from the cashier," said Officer Buchanan, according to Fox 5 News.

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Buchanan said the men are seen on store surveillance video buying a money order for $2,900 at a Kennesaw Publix store.

The cashier hands the men the money order and they hand him the cash. After the clerk counts the money, one of the men snatches the cash off the counter and counts it again to double check.

The man appears to be upset that he's not counting the money right. But each time he counts the money, he moves bills from the stack into his pocket.

"Every time he's done counting that money, he puts his right hand back in his pocket," said Officer Buchanan.

The clerk, who has already counted the money, doesn't triple check the amount when the man hands the money back to him.

The men walk out of the store with $1,800 in cash and a $2,900 money order that they paid $1100 for.

Kennesaw police confirm the two men pulled the same trick at another Kennesaw Publix store in less than an hour.

Investigators working with other agencies said the same two men pulled off similar robberies at four locations in the metro Atlanta area.

"It seems this is how they make their money and we're hoping to identify them to get these victims their money back," said Officer Buchanan.

He said the two men are slick and well-practiced.

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Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum and an associate were indicted Wednesday on conspiracy and wire fraud charges, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida Jason R. Coody announced.

Gillum, 42, and Sharon Janet Lettman-Hicks, 53, are accused of unlawfully soliciting funds between 2016-19 through false and fraudulent promises.

The 21-count indictment alleges Gillum and Lettman-Hicks used third parties to divert funds to a company owned by Lettman-Hicks, who then fraudulently misrepresented the funds as payroll payments.

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The funds were allegedly diverted by Gillum for his own personal.

Both defendants are charged with 19 counts of wire fraud and Gillum is also charged with making false statements to the FBI, a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

Gillum and Lettman-Hicks also face 20 years in prison on the conspiracy to commit fraud charge, and 20 years for wire fraud.

Gillum acknowledged the charges in a written statement to NBC News. He claimed the federal case is a political hit job.

"I have spent the last 20 years of my life in public service and continue to fight for the people," Gillum told NBC News. "Every campaign I've run has been done with integrity. Make no mistake that this case is not legal, it is political. Throughout my career I have always stood up for the people of Florida and have spoken truth to power.

"There's been a target on my back ever since I was the mayor of Tallahassee. They found nothing then, and I have full confidence that my legal team will prove my innocence now."

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Gillum, who lost to Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2018, was endorsed by former President Barack Obama, among other Black elites.

Gillum's political career has been hamstrung by one scandal after another.

His fall from grace began when he was found unconscious on the bathroom floor of a hotel room registered in the name of a gay male escort in Florida.

The married father of three came out as bisexual during an appearance on The Tamron Hall show in 2020.

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Reality TV stars Todd and Julie Chrisley are currently on trial for income tax evasion and bank fraud in federal court. Jury selection began on Monday, May 16, in Atlanta, Georgia.

On Tuesday, Todd's former accountant Mark Braddock testified that he is Todd's former gay lover.

Braddock had to tell his own wife about his same-sex affair before testifying in open court.
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Braddock said he had an affair with Chrisley that began in the early 2000s and lasted until Todd fired him in 2012, threw him out and threatened to call police.

Braddock immediately went to the feds and revealed Todd's criminal activity in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Braddock claims his blind love for Todd convinced him to commit fraud.

Todd's legal team said Braddock created fake tax documents and impersonated the 53-year-old father of five. But prosecutors believe Todd urged Braddock to create fake tax documents to help him evade income taxes.

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The Chrisleys have been married 26 years and share five children, Lindsie, 32; Kyle, 30; Chase, 25; Savannah, 24; and Grayson, 16.

Fans of "Chrisley Knows Best" reality TV series had long suspected that Todd was gay, but he always denied the allegations.

Both Chrisleys are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, five counts of bank fraud, one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of tax fraud.

Prosecutors allege the Chrisleys filed fake documents to get millions of dollars in bank loans, and also submitted a fake credit report and fake bank documents while trying to rent a house for $14,000 a month in California in 2014. The couple allegedly moved into the home then refused to pay rent after a few months.

The indictment alleges they lied about their income to avoid paying taxes to the IRS. Money they received from their reality TV shows allegedly went to a production company they controlled. They failed to pay income taxes on the money for multiple years.

The Chrisleys were indicted in August 2019 and a new indictment was filed in January, The Tennessean reports.

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Todd and Julie Chrisley are set to go on trial for tax evasion and bank fraud on Monday, May 16, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Both Chrisleys are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, five counts of bank fraud, one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of tax fraud.

Prosecutors allege the Chrisleys filed fake documents to get millions of dollars in bank loans, and also submitted a fake credit report and fake bank documents while trying to rent a house in California in 2014. The couple allegedly moved into the home then refused to pay rent after a few months.

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The indictment alleges they lied about their income to avoid paying taxes to the IRS. Money they received from their reality TV shows allegedly went to a production company they controlled. They failed to pay income taxes on the money for multiple years.

The Chrisleys were indicted in August 2019 and a new indictment was filed in January, The Tennessean reports.

Jury selection will begin Monday with opening statements expected Tuesday, the newspaper reports.

Last week, E! announced a new dating series, "Love Limo," hosted by Todd Chrisley. Their reality shows "Chrisley Knows Best" and "Growing Up Chrisley" have been renewed on USA Network and E!.


Draya Michele took to Twitter to ask "scamming scammers" a question about paying back a small business loan.

Every two-bit hustler on Black Twitter lurked on her timeline waiting for the answers.


In her tweet, which is still live on her feed, Draya asked:

"Hey I got a question for my little scamming scammers. Lol. If you get a SBA loan and it's under a business name what are the steps to paying it back and if it is under the business name and you go into default does it go under your personal credit?"

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As you know, the Small Business Administration loosened requirements for pandemic-related loans. Those requirements have since been tightened after every swindler and scam artist took advantage of what they believed was free money.

The Biden Administration created a task force and gave them a wide net to catch most of the amateur scammers who applied for thousands of dollars in loans.

Many of the applicants were from low-income neighborhoods and now reside in a jail cell.


Anyway, back to Draya's cryptic tweet.

Her followers advised her to delete the tweet before it caused trouble for her.

One Twitter user who used to work for the SBA told Draya that questions like hers motivate the feds to open an investigation.

Others advised the socialite to consult with an attorney or accountant.

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Kimora Lee Simmons Leissner is implicated in the white collar crimes allegedly committed by her estranged husband Tim Leissner.

According to reports, lawyers for Leissner's co-conspirator, Roger Ng, claims Kimora opened multiple shell companies so Leissner could hide funds he allegedly embezzled from Goldman Sachs, where he worked as a banker.

As part of a plea deal, Leissner is testifying against his former business partner, Ng, as the mastermind in the plot to defraud the 1MDB sovereign development fund.

The legal team asked the judge to allow them to present evidence that Kimora helped her husband launder $80 million of money stolen from 1MDB by using multiple shell corporations.
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Kimora is allegedly listed as the owner of multiple shell companies registered in Seychelles, Delaware, and California.

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Leissner allegedly used the funds to funnel the millions to and from accounts that didn't bear his name.

Lawyers for the former model and entrepreneur claim Kimora had no knowledge of her husband's wrongdoing. They say she did not help him hide money.

Kimora is best known as owner, CEO and creative director of Baby Phat clothing brand from 1999 until 2010. She was also star of reality TV series, Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane (2007–2011) and Kimora: House of Fab (2013).

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A Georgia state official was fired after she wore a fake baby bump prosthetic to get paid maternity leave.

Robin Folsom, 43, earned $100,000 a year as director of external affairs at the Vocational Rehabilitation Agency in Atlanta.

Her scheme was exposed after staffers noticed her fake baby bump "come away" from her body and the photos she shared of her "baby" were of two different children.

Folsom, who is Caucasian, received seven weeks off with pay at the request of the baby's African "father" Bran Otmembebwe.

However, investigators say Otmembebwe does not exist and neither does her child.

Folsom is accused of cheating the state out of $15,000 in paid leave, the Georgia Office of the Inspector General said.


Questions about the legitimacy of the pregnancy started two months before the apparent birth, when a colleague "observed the lower portion of Folsom's stomach "come away" from her body and believed Folsom wore a fake pregnancy stomach".

Folsom then tried to keep up the ruse by sending photos of the baby to her colleagues during her time off after the "birth", investigators say.

But they said: "The pictures appeared to be inconsistent and depicted children with varying skin tones."

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Kimora Lee Simmons' estranged husband Tim Leissner was reportedly married to two women at the same time.

According to Page Six, former Goldman Sachs executive Tim Leissner is a "double bigamist" who was "married to two different women at the same time, twice."

Page Six quoted a defense lawyer for Leissner's co-defendant, Roger Ng, who is on trial for masterminding a multi-billion dollar embezzlement scheme.

Ng's defense lawyer accused Leissner of two-timing his wife, Kimora, by marrying another woman.


Leissner was arrested in 2016 and charged with stealing over $200 million from 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

In 2018, he plead guilty to fraud charges and forfeited $43 million. He agreed to cooperate as the key witness for the federal government's case against Ng, the banker who fleeced Goldman's Malaysia division.

"Tim Leissner uses people," Ng's defense attorney Marc Agnifilo told jurors on Monday in his opening statement in Brooklyn federal court, according to Bloomberg.

Agnifilo alleged that Leissner also had an "illicit" relationship with Jasmine Loo, who was general counsel at 1MDB. Loo fled Malaysia and is wanted by authorities there for her role in the scheme.

Ng's defense attorney told the jury that Leissner and Loo developed a "dark trust because of their illicit, intimate romantic relationship."

Leissner "uses women, he uses false intimacy, and now he's trying to use my client to get him to do his jail time," according to Agnifilo.

Leissner is testifying against Ng in exchange for a reduced sentence. Ng faces life in prison if convicted.

Tim and Kimora allegedly separated to protect her assets.

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A U.S. court has postponed Nigerian scammer Ramon Abbas's sentencing hearing from Valentine's Day to July 11.

According to reports, the social media influencer's hearing was postponed from February 14 to July 11 by Judge Otis. D. Wright in Los Angeles Superior Court following a request by his defense attorney.

"At the request of counsel, the sentencing is continued to July 11, 2022, at 11:00 am," the judge said in a statement on February 2, 2022.

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Abbas, better known by his Instagram username, Hushpuppi, was convicted of conspiring with others to steal $124 million.

His victims included a U.S. law firm which transferred $40 million to a bank account controlled by Hushpuppi and his associates.
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Hushpuppi, 39, inspired millions of social media followers by sharing photos of his extravagant lifestyle on his still-live Instagram page.

Photos showed Hushpuppi posing with his fleet of luxury vehicles and private jets. He spent millions on designer bags and clothing by Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Fendi. And he counted rappers, professional athletes and Nigerian politicians among his many friends.

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In June 2020, Dubai police raided Hushpuppi's Palazzo Versace penthouse and arrested him. He was extradited from Dubai to Chicago, Il., where a bond request was denied.

He was then transported to Los Angeles, California to face money laundering charges.

On July 28, 2021, Hushpuppi pleaded guilty to money laundering. He faces a statutory maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison. Upon his release, he will be deported to his home country Nigeria.

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Maryland's top cop Marilyn Mosby was indicted for lying on mortgage loan applications for two vacation properties she purchased in Florida.

Mosby, a Democrat, was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of perjury and making false statements on mortgage loan applications, Yahoo News reported. The indictment was unsealed on Thursday.

The indictment alleges the mom-of-two lied about experiencing "adverse financial consequences" during the pandemic in 2020.

Federal prosecutors say her gross salary of nearly $250,000 increased by nearly $10,000 between 2019 and 2020.

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The indictment also alleges that Mosby lied on a COVID relief application. She claimed she lost income during the pandemic and received $36,000, which she used "toward a down payment for a vacation home in Kissimmee Florida" in September 2020.

The indictment accuses Mosby of lying on applications for mortgages of nearly $500,000 for the Kissimmee, Florida, home and a nearly $430,000 mortgage for a condominium in Long Boat Key, Florida.

Mosby faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for each count of perjury and a maximum of 30 years for each count of making false mortgage applications.

Mosby, 41, gained notoriety in 2015 for prosecuting five Baltimore police officers who arrested 25-year-old Freddie Gray in 2015.

Gray was found unresponsive in the back of a paddy wagon. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The five officers were eventually acquitted of all charges.

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Christmas came early for a self-professed "Haitian entrepreneur" who fleeced the government's pandemic relief PPP program to enrich himself.

Prosecutors accused Valesky Barosy of fraudulently obtaining loans from the federal Payroll Protection Program to buy a Lamborghini, a Rolex watch, designer clothing, and other luxury items

Barosy, 27, flaunted his ill-gotten gains on his deleted Instagram page where he amassed over 10,000 followers.

In one photo, Barosy, of Ft. Lauderdale, posed outside a private jet. In another photo, he is seen exiting his white Lamborghini.

The Haitian-born businessman sought publicity as a self-made millionaire and immigrant success story.

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After arriving from Haiti a decade ago, Barosy worked his way up from an employee at Walmart to "regional Vice President" of his credit repair company that earned over $3.6 million in sales.

However, federal authorities say Barosy and his accomplices fraudulently applied for $4.2 million in PPP loans using false information.

In each loan application, Barosy allegedly submitted IRS tax returns that falsely inflated prior-year expenses, net profit, and payroll.

Barosy and his accomplices received approximately $2.1 million in PPP loans, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida.

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Federal agents raided Barosy's home and business and seized a Lamborghini Huracán, valued at over $150,000, Rolex and Hublot watches, and designer clothing from Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Chanel.

A federal grand jury indicted Barosy on charges of wire fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft.

Barosy is being held in a federal detention facility without bond. He faces up to 132 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

According to the federal government, over $1 billion in Covid relief funds have been stolen from the PPP program.

Florida is the nation's No. 1 fraud capital, with over $340 million in stolen funds going to that state alone.

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A former USC football player was arrested Monday and charged with defrauding California state's Covid-19 relief benefits.

Abdul-Malik MClain, a linebacker for Jackson State University, was charged with mail fraud and identity theft in a scheme to steal over $900,000 in COVID-related unemployment benefits.

McClain is accused of assisting a group of USC football players in filing fraudulent unemployment claims under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistant (PUA) program.

McClain is accused of helping the players fill out the application using information he knew to be false about their prior and future employment status.

California's Employment Development Department (EDD) authorized Bank of America to mail debit cards to McClain and other football players who then used the cards to withdraw cash at ATM machines.

The fraudulent applications sought more than $900,000 in unemployment benefits, but ultimately netted at least $227,736.

McClain allegedly sought and received a fee for his services from the players.

The crimes were committed from July 2020 to September 2020 while McClain was a student at USC.

McClain transferred to JSU in 2020 after his brother was suspended by USC for approaching students with a scheme to defraud EDD.