The state of Mississipi gave WWE Hall Of Famer “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase’s nonprofit over $2M in welfare money according to an in-depth report from the Clarion-Ledger (subscription required).
Heart Of David Ministry, a nonprofit created by Ted DiBiase Sr., received upwards of $900,000 one year from the Mississippi Department of Human Services. The money was received by a federal social assistance fund called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
The nonprofit began receiving the payments after Ted DiBiase’s son Brett was hired by the Mississippi Department of Human Services in 2017. Brett was indicted last week for his part in an alleged embezzlement scheme last week.
In total, six individuals were indicted last week as part of the embezzlement investigation, which allegedly stole more than $4M in social assistance funding.
Ted DiBiase Sr. was not named in the indictment.
It’s unknown how Heart Of David Ministry used the $2,126,739 it received since May 2017. The nonprofit noted in a 2018 contract that they would “establish a network of partnerships, services and resources throughout Mississippi communities for faith-based and self activities.”
Contracts between Heart Of David Ministry and the Mississippi Department of Human services did not go through a formal bidding process. The former director, John Davis, would distribute grant money without bidding.
Davis was resigned in July 2019, conveniently around the same time the auditor’s office began an investigation.
The Clarion Ledger attempted to contact DiBiase several times. While no formal statement has been provided, a woman who answered Ted DiBiase’s door declined to comment, and called the publication’s past reporting “fictitious”.
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