Tennessee state senator convicted on 4 counts of wire fraud

Katrina Robinson, a Democrat, was found guilty of wire fraud Thursday in federal court. She had been acquitted Sunday on 15 other charges.

Updated: September 30, 2021 - 10:22pm

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Tennessee state Sen. Katrina Robinson was found guilty of wire fraud Thursday in federal court, multiple media outlets reported.

Robinson was acquitted Sunday on 15 of the 20 charges she initially faced. Robinson, D-Memphis, was indicted on 48 counts in July 2020.

Robinson’s The Healthcare Institute received more than $2.2 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services between 2015 and 2019.

Robinson was accused of stealing $600,000 from The Healthcare Institute and using the money to pay for personal expenses, including clothing and beauty products, a vehicle for her daughter, wedding and honeymoon expenses, legal fees for her divorce and a campaign event.

A Center Square investigation showed Robinson also spent more than 10 times the average for a state senator while traveling to conferences, resulting in bills for $17,934.56 to Tennessee taxpayers over a 20-month period in 2019 through 2020.

Robinson denied that her conference spending was out of line with other senators when asked about the 2020 report.

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