In a significant development, the trial date for Ted DiBiase Jr., a former WWE superstar, has been officially scheduled. DiBiase was initially arrested in April as part of a sweeping investigation into welfare fraud in Mississippi.
He is accused of diverting millions of dollars from federal assistance programs, specifically The Emergency Food Assistance Program and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, funds that were earmarked to aid the underprivileged.
Originally, the trial was slated for June but was postponed to allow both the defense and the prosecution ample time to prepare their cases. According to a report by PWInsider, DiBiase faces a litany of charges, including one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and 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 set to commence on July 16, 2024, preceded by a pre-trial conference scheduled for June 21. If convicted on all counts, DiBiase could face a staggering 80 years behind bars, marking a dramatic fall from grace for the former Tag Team Champion.
For those unfamiliar with Ted DiBiase Jr.' s wrestling career, he inked a contract with WWE in 2007, following the legacy of his Hall of Fame father, Ted DiBiase Sr. He initially cut his teeth in WWE's developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling, before making a splash on the main roster in May 2008.
In a stunning debut, DiBiase won the World Tag Team Titles in his very first main roster match, thanks to Cody Rhodes betraying his then-partner, Hardcore Holly. This case has garnered significant attention due to DiBiase's high-profile status and the severe allegations against him.
The upcoming trial is sure to be closely watched by both wrestling aficionados and those concerned with the integrity of public assistance programs. With the trial date now set, all eyes will be on the courtroom come July 16, as the wrestling world awaits the fate of one of its own.