Federal authorities are trying to seize the $1.5 million Madison, Mississippi home of former WWE Superstar Ted DiBiase Jr., according to ABC News.
DiBiase’s younger brother, Brett, was arrested on Feb. 5, 2020 by the State Auditors Office of Mississippi in connection with a multimillion-dollar embezzlement scheme. The case is considered one of the largest public corruption cases in Mississippi’s history.
A 2019 state audit revealed DiBiase’s family received millions of dollars from Mississippi’s welfare agency through nonprofits, business deals and travel reimbursements. The state’s Department of Human Services was denying more than 98% of applicants welfare benefits at the time.
Brett worked at the Mississippi Department of Human Services and was indicted on charges of stealing $48,000 in welfare money. He has pleaded not guilty. Authorities accuse Brett of getting paid to teach drug abuse classes in the state, despite the fact he was in a luxury drug rehabilitation program in Malibu, California, at the time.
Ted DiBiase Jr. and his wife were in the process of finalizing the sale of the home when federal agents served paperwork to Scott Gilbert, DiBiase’s attorney, who was handling the sale. DiBiase has not been accused of a crime.
Ted and Brett’s father, “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase Sr., received more than $2 million in welfare funds from Mississippi’s Department of Human Services for his Christian wrestling ministry.
Ted DiBiase Jr. was with WWE from 2007 through 2013. After retiring from the ring, he attempted to finance an action movie in Mississippi that was never finished. He never worked for the Mississippi Department of Human Services. However, he did work with the agency through his Law of 16 self-help leadership training program.
Brett was also with WWE from 2008 through 2011 before attempting to work as a referee due to knee problems. He later competed on the independent circuit.
The two DiBiase children inducted their father into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2010. DiBiase Sr. last appeared on WWE TV in 2019 when he “bought” the WWE 24/7 Championship from Alundra Blayze. He lost the title later that night to Drake Maverick