Ted DiBiase's Non-Profit Ministry Received Millions of Dollars In Mississippi Welfare Funds as Son Was Allegedly Involved In Scandal

Ted DiBiase’s Non-Profit Ministry Received Millions of Dollars In Mississippi Welfare Funds as Son Was Allegedly Involved In Scandal

The Heart of David non-profit ministry led by WWE Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase Sr. reportedly received $2.1 million in welfare money from the State of Mississippi, according to Telegram.com via The Clarion-Ledger.

The ministry reportedly had relatively meager funds until Ted’s son, former WWE developmental talent Brett DiBiase, was hired as deputy administrator at the Mississippi Department of Human Services in early 2017. As noted last week at this link, Brett and the director who hired him were indicted as part of a massive alleged embezzlement scheme involving welfare money, one of the biggest embezzlement scandals in the history of the state.

Heart of David Ministries received as much as $900,000 one year from the Mississippi Department of Human Services. The non-profit describes its central mission in non-profit filings as “religious education and training.” The non-profit spent its 2017 grant money on “general church speaking engagements, religious conferences, school assemblies, and wrestling events.”

The money reportedly came through a federal fund called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, commonly called welfare. Six people, including DiBiase and the director who hired him, were indicted last week as part of a scheme that allegedly stole more than $4.15 million in welfare money from the state.

It’s important to note that “The Million Dollar Man” was not named in the indictments.

It’s unclear how Heart of David used the $2,126,739 in welfare money that it received, beginning in May 2017 until the current fiscal year. It was also noted that as state officials pumped money into DiBiase’s non-profit, the state was also denying more than 90% of its individual welfare applications. Heart of David was vague in describing how it would use the money in filings. The non-profit pledged to “establish a network of partnerships, services and resources throughout Mississippi communities for faith-based and self activities” in one 2018 contract.

Click here to read more on the case from The Clarion-Ledger.

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