By Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A former wrestler has pleaded guilty to a felony charge stemming from an embezzlement scheme that officials say took millions of dollars away from needy Mississippi residents.

Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens said Thursday that Brett DiBiase pleaded guilty to one count of making fraudulent statements for the purpose of defrauding the government, the Clarion Ledger reported.

DiBiase and five other people were arrested in February after an audit found millions of dollars in federal welfare money had been misappropriated from the Mississippi Department of Human Services. DiBiase served as deputy administrator for the agency.

Investigators say DiBiase used $48,000 to pay for a luxury drug rehabilitation program. State Auditor Shad White said Dibiase has pledged to continue his cooperation with the prosecution.

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