A former WWE star’s trial date has finally been set.
Back in April Ted DiBiase was arrested as part of the Mississippi welfare fraud scandal. DiBiase stands accused of misappropriating millions of dollars intended to help those in need. It’s alleged that the former WWE star fraudulently obtained funds from The Emergency Food Assistance Program and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
DiBiase Jr. had been due to stand trial in June, but proceedings were pushed back in order to give the defendant as well as the prosecution more time to go over the case.
As reported by PWInsider, the former Tag Team Champion has been charged with the following:
“One count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and to commit theft concerning programs receiving federal funds, six counts of wire fraud, two counts of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds, and four counts of money laundering.”
The trial is now slated to begin on July 16th, 2024, with a pre-trial conference on June 21st.
Should DiBiase be found guilty on all charges he faces up to 80 years in prison.
When Was Ted DiBiase Jr. In WWE?
Ted DiBiase Jr. signed a deal with WWE in 2007, following in the footsteps of his Hall of Fame father.
The star initially featured in developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling before moving to the main roster in May 2008. DiBiase Jr. won the World Tag Team Titles in his first match on the main roster after champion Cody Rhodes turned on his partner Hardcore Holly.
DiBiase left WWE on September 1st, 2013.