Former WWE celebrity Ted DiBiase Jr. has been charged in reference to the now-infamous Mississippi welfare scandal. As revealed in an unsealed federal indictment from the Division of Justice, the 40-year-old DiBiase Jr. was charged with the misappropriation of hundreds of thousands diverted from households in want in Mississippi. If that sounds acquainted to you, it’s the identical scandal that Brett Favre is alleged to be a part of. (Favre has denied any wrongdoing.)
DiBiase’s alleged misdeeds revolve round awarding “sham contracts to numerous people and entities purportedly for the supply of social providers, together with not less than 5 sham contracts that have been awarded to DiBiase’s corporations, Priceless Ventures LLC and Familiae Orientem LLC,” per the DoJ launch. DiBiase has not responded to the costs — one depend of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and commit theft regarding packages receiving federal funds, six counts of wire fraud, two counts of theft regarding packages receiving federal funds, and 4 counts of cash laundering — and has not tweeted in over a month.
In line with the discharge, DiBiase allegedly used federal funds to place a down fee on a home in addition to purchase a automotive and a ship. With 13 counts towards DiBiase, a conviction would doubtless result in an extended jail sentence. There’s a most of 20 years in jail for every of the six wire fraud counts, in addition to 10 years for six different counts involving cash laundering and theft of federal funds. DiBiase’s conspiracy cost comes with a five-year most sentence.
Final month, his brother, Brett DiBiase, pleaded responsible to a federal cost associated to misspending of welfare cash.
Members of DiBiase’s household have beforehand denied the allegations and requested for the same civil lawsuit to be dismissed.