In 2020, WWE Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase was named in the Mississippi Department of Human Services’ audit findings after DiBiase’s Heart of Ministries recently received more than $2.1 million from the state that was designated for people who are eligible for welfare. The audit stated the following…
“Millions of dollars of grants from the Mississippi Department of Human Services (DHS) were misspent, converted to personal use, spent on family members and friends of staffers and grantees, or wasted according to an audit released today by State Auditor Shad White.”
“MCEC [Mississippi Community Education Center] and FRC [Family Resource Center of North Mississippi] paid large sums to wrestlers Ted Dibiase, Ted Dibiase, Jr., and Brett Dibiase for work that was not performed, for unreasonable travel costs, or with little proof the programs helped the needy.”
An article on mississippitoday.org is reporting that Dibiase and his sons have been ordered to repay welfare funds after they “did not completely fulfill the terms of their contracts” with the Mississippi Department of Human Services…
“Ted DiBiase Jr., a retired WWE wrestler, must return $3.9 million — virtually all the money he earned as a motivational speaker for the welfare agency, plus interest.
His dad, former WWE wrestler dubbed ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase Sr., must pay $722,299 that his Christian ministry received, purportedly to help underprivileged teens. He told a sports reporter at the time that his church had been ‘selected by our governor’ — then Gov. Phil Bryant — to ‘be the face of his faith-based initiative.’
His other son, Brett DiBiase, who is one of only two people to plead guilty within the alleged welfare scheme, must pay $225,950, according to the letter.”
When they learned last year that Hall of Fame NFL quarterback and Kiln native Brett Favre had taken $1.1 million in welfare money from the state, Mississippians were incensed. Favre received the federal grant funds to sponsor a “family-stabilizing” initiative pushed by then-Gov. Phil Bryant and his wife called Families First for Mississippi.