Feds charge Democratic state Sen. Robinson with embezzlement

Freshman state Sen. Katrina Robinson (D-Memphis) is facing federal theft and embezzlement charges.

Prosecutors allege Robinson stole stole more than $600,000 from her business, the Healthcare Institute, by paying herself more than what was allowed under the terms the grant she received, the Daily Mempian reports.

Robinson defeated the late Sen. Reginald Tate in the primary in 2018 and went on to win the heavily Democratic district.

The Senate Democratic Caucus issued the following statement:

It’s clear that Sen. Robinson’s work in the state legislature on behalf of her constituents is not in question here today. Just like every other American, Sen. Robinson deserves the presumption of innocence and due process under the law. Her case should be resolved by a court of law, not by the court of public opinion.”

Investigators this week searched Robinson’s home and business again after conducting earlier raids in February. The complaint alleges Robinson used the money to buy a vehicle for her daughter, clothing, and beauty products. She is also charged with spending grant money on her wedding and honeymoon, followed by legal fees for her divorce.

Robinson’s company, the Healthcare Institute, in 2015 received a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2015 to educate people  “looking for a jumpstart to their education and also to provide patient education to the elderly community.”

An anonymous complaint filed in 2016 alleged Robinson had spent $550 in grant funds to buy a Louis Vuitton handbag. The agency’s inspector general opened an investigation, which the FBI later joined.

7 Responses to Feds charge Democratic state Sen. Robinson with embezzlement

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Thank goodness they got rid of Sen. Tate. He was far too sane and rational, after all Memphis does have a reputation to uphold as one of our liberal ghettos. Now Sen. Katrina Robinson on the other hand is more in the “Memphis Tradition” that we’ve grown to expect.

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    Misty Pardner says:

    One thing that is a constant in Tennessee politics. Shelby County always sends a corrupt member to the General Assembly. Mark Lovell set the bar pretty high so Robinson needs to turn it up. RIP Reggie.

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    Donna Locke says:

    Stop these ridiculous grants.

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    Perry Aubric says:

    She should resign or be removed from office.

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    MARLE says:

    Her behavior sounds like she was practicing up for a US Congressional career. We don’t want to send an amateur or a no-experience person up there do we?

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    This is a federal issue. Kinda suspicious a minority and a high level politician. We will see.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      That’s it!!! You’re right MARLE there is no Beatrice. Or there is no Larry. Anyway, our favorite leftwing troll is one in the same. Good for you MARLE you spotted this one and I was fooled.

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