TENNESSEE SENATOR INDICTED 48 COUNTS

TENNESSEE SENATOR INDICTED 48 COUNTS OF THEFT
Tennessee State Senator Katrina Robinson


Tennessee State Senator Katrina Robinson, 39, has now been indicted for theft and embezzlement involving government programs and wire fraud.

Robinson was previously charged in this matter by a federal criminal complaint that was unsealed on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

On Thursday, July 30, 2020, a federal grand jury in Memphis returned a 48-count indictment against Robinson,

Charging her with 24 counts of theft and embezzlement involving government programs, and 24 counts of wire fraud.

D. Michael Dunavant, U.S. Attorney announced the indictment today.

According to the indictment, Katrina Robinson is the Director of The Healthcare Institute (THI),

A provider of educational and training programs for jobs in the healthcare field.

She is also a Tennessee State Senator, having been elected to represent the 33rd District in Shelby County in 2018.

Between 2015 and 2019, The Healthcare Institute received over $2.2 million in federal grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA),

An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

During that same time period, Robinson stole in excess of $600,000 from THI by compensating herself in excess of what was allowed under the terms of the HRSA grant

GRANT MONEY USED FOR PERSONAL NEEDS

And by using Institute funds for payments and purchases for her own personal benefit and that of her immediate family.

Payments and purchases included a vehicle for her daughter; clothing, accessories, and hair and beauty products;

Expenses related to her wedding and honeymoon, and later, legal fees for her divorce; payments on her personal debts,

Including credit cards, store charge cards, student loans, and other personal loans; travel and entertainment for herself and her family;

Improvements to her personal residence; expenses related to a body aesthetics business she owned and a snow cone business operated by her children;

And an event for her State Senate campaign.

TENNESSEE SENATOR INDICTED 48 COUNTS

FROM WIKIPEDIA:

Career:
In 2015, Robinson founded The Healthcare Institute, a nursing college,

And received $1.6 million in grants from the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

She received a total of $2.2 million in federal grants from 2015 to 2019.

The Healthcare Institute started with two students and later expanded to over six hundred students.

Tennessee Senate

In 2018, Robinson was elected to the Tennessee Senate from the 33rd district as a member of the Democratic Party.

On January 29, 2018, Robinson announced that she would run in the Democratic primary.

She defeated incumbent Senator Reginald Tate in the Democratic primary and faced no opposition in the general election.

Tate had been censured by the Shelby County Democratic Party

And Robinson was endorsed by United States Representative Steve Cohen and Senate Minority Leader Sara Kyle.

Criminal charges

In 2016, an investigation into Robinson was started after an anonymous complaint to the Department of Health and Human Services

Reported that she had used $550 of federal grant money to purchase a Louis Vuitton handbag.

On February 21 and July 28, 2020, the Federal Bureau of Investigation executed search warrants at Robinson’s house and nursing school.

On July 30, Robinson was indicted on 48 charges,

24 charges of theft and embezzlement from government programs, and 24 charges of wire fraud,

By the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.[4]

Robinson was accused of stealing $600,000 from $2.2 million in federal grants given to her nursing school from 2015 to 2019.

She is the first sitting member of the Tennessee Senate to be indicted since Operation Tennessee Waltz in 2005.[13]

On August 12, she plead not guilty.[14].

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