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Mississippi agency ex-leader pleads guilty in welfare fraud

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former director of Mississippi’s welfare agency has pleaded guilty to misspending tens of millions of dollars meant for needy families. The charges are part of the largest public corruption case in the state’s history. John Davis has agreed to testify against others in the case.

A state court judge gave Davis 32 years in prison. Davis remains on house arrest until his federal sentencing in February. Davis was an influential figure in a scandal that has produced criminal charges against several people, including pro wrestler Ted DiBiase.

The scandal also raised questions about retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre and former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant.