Dem State Senator Charged With Stealing $600k Acquitted On 15 Out Of 20 Charges

Tennessee Democratic State Sen. Katrina Robinson just got a big update in her court case.

Robinson, who was charged with stealing $600,000 in federal grant money from a health care school she operated, has been acquitted on 15 of 20 charges.

However, she is still facing trial on the other 5 remaining charges.

“U.S. District Court Judge Sheryl Lipman filed the order Sunday after lawyers for Sen. Katrina Robinson filed a motion Friday seeking acquittal on all charges,” the Associated Press reported.

“Robinson, 40, a Memphis Democrat elected to the Tennessee General Assembly in 2018, was charged in July 2020 with wire fraud as well as theft and embezzlement involving government programs after the FBI searched the school and her home,” the AP report added.

“She was accused of stealing federal grant money awarded to The Healthcare Institute, which provides training in the health care field, including nursing assistant jobs in geriatric care. The school received more than $2.2 million in federal grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The federal grant money was earmarked for student scholarships from 2015 through 2019,” the report continued.

Robinson denied that her conference spending was out of line with other senators.

“As a first-term legislator who began service with no prior legislative experience, I have welcomed a number of recommendations and invitations for educational and developmental opportunities from my colleagues and leader,” Robinson said about the spending.

When she took the stand at her trial this week, Robinson argued she was wrongly accused.

Robinson alleged that the federal government has dragged her through the mud when the government knows she did not misuse funds.

“Prosecutors argue she used the money for her wedding, entertainment, and more. When asked if she used the grant money for her wedding, she said her father would turn it over in his grave if he knew she married someone who couldn’t pay for a wedding,” a local Memphis news outlet reported.

“Having the defendant look the jury in the eye and say, ‘Look, I didn’t mean to deceive anybody,’ that can be very strong for a defense case,” said University of Memphis Law Professor and former federal prosecutor Steve Mulroy.

“What I will say in this case is when it’s a fraud allegation, so much depends on if any screw-ups were an innocent mistake versus an intent to deceive,” said Mulroy.

Last year, federal authorities searched Robinson’s home and business addresses.

“Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Joel Siskovic confirmed that agents executed search warrants at two locations in Memphis. They are listed as addresses for Robinson’s residence and her nursing school, Healthcare Institute Inc,” ABC News reported at the time.

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