Brett DiBiase, a former pro wrestler and son of a famous wrestler, finds himself in deep trouble with the law. According to a report by WLBT, DiBiase has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States in connection with Mississippi’s largest welfare embezzlement scandal.
DiBiase has previously pleaded guilty to two charges in state court and now faces up to five years in federal prison, as well as a fine of up to $250,000. His involvement in the scandal includes the embezzlement of millions of dollars in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funding, with DiBiase allegedly receiving $48,000 through his business, Restore2, LLC, using fraudulent and false claims.
To cover up these payments, DiBiase is accused of falsifying documents, invoices, books, reports, and ledgers. Invoices were created by former Department of Human Services workers to pay DiBiase for teaching classes about drug abuse, but there is no documentation to support that these courses took place.
District Attorney Jody Owens praised federal partners for their ongoing work in this case. Overall, it is clear that DiBiase’s actions have landed him in a great deal of trouble and facing serious consequences.
“I applaud our federal partners for continuing to pursue federal charges for each and every individual responsible for stealing from Mississippi’s most needy and vulnerable citizens. As I have said before, this case is far from over and both the state of Mississippi and the U.S. government will continue to pursue all those involved in this fraud.”