The US Department of Justice said Thursday that Davis and “his co-conspirators” used federal funds “for their personal use and benefit.”
On Thursday, the former state official pleaded guilty to two federal charges: one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and to commit theft concerning programs receiving federal funds and one count of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds, the DOJ announced. He could be sentenced to up to five years in prison on the conspiracy count and 10 years on the theft count.
“Davis was one of six Defendants arrested and later indicted in 2020 in one of the largest embezzlement schemes in Mississippi history,” Owens said.
According to investigators, more than $4 million was used to build a Brett Favre-backed volleyball center at the University of Southern Mississippi, Favre’s alma mater and where his daughter played the sport at the time.
The state of Mississippi filed a civil suit against more than 35 people and entities, including the former NFL quarterback, earlier this year.
Bryant and Favre have not been criminally charged with any wrongdoing at this time and Bryant is also not named as a defendant in the civil suit.
The former quarterback’s attorney told CNN Favre did not know welfare funds were being used for the volleyball center.
CNN’s Eric Levenson and Devon Sayers contributed to this report.