New charges filed against Democratic Sen. Robinson

The Tennessee Senate meets on June 1, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

New charges have been filed against state Sen. Katrina Robinson. The Memphis Democrat was previously indicted on 48 federal fraud counts in July 2020 — 24 each of wire fraud and theft and embezzlement from the government. Robinson has denied wrongdoing.

Here’s the U.S. Justice Department release outlining the latest developments:

MEMPHIS, TN – Tennessee State Senator Katrina Robinson, 40, has been federally charged in a new case, along with two other co-defendants, with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. D. Michael Dunavant, U.S. Attorney announced the unsealing of the new federal criminal complaint today.

According to information presented in Court, the Healthcare Institute (“THI”) is a post-secondary educational provider located in Memphis, Tennessee. It purports to provide training programs for jobs in the healthcare field, including certified nursing assistant, phlebotomist, and licensed practical nurse. It was founded in January 2015 as a Tennessee for-profit LLC, with Katrina Robinson as director. THI received more than $10,000 in federal funds each year between 2015 and 2019. During that period, Robinson is alleged to have stolen, converted, and intentionally misapplied property of THI for her own use. As a result, on July 30, 2020, she was indicted in Case No. 2:20-cr-20147-SHL, which is currently pending trial in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdtn/pr/federal-grand-jury-returns-indictment-charging-tennessee-state-senator-katrina-robinson

The charges in this new federal complaint arise from a completely separate fraud scheme in which Robinson, Katie Ayers, 59, and Brooke Boudreaux, 32, are alleged to have conspired to use THI to defraud victim R.S. out of $14,470.00, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1349 and 18 U.S.C. § 1956(h).

As set forth in more detail in the complaint affidavit, while investigating the charges in the 2020 case, the FBI also uncovered a scheme in which the defendants convinced R.S. that Boudreaux, with whom he had an existing relationship, needed the money for tuition and expenses to attend THI. R.S. agreed and tendered $14,470.00 to THI for that purpose. In fact, the investigation revealed that Boudreaux was never a student at THI, and the conspirators split the money among themselves for their personal benefit and unjust enrichment.

If convicted, the defendants each face a possible sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison followed by three years supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system. The case will be presented to a federal grand jury at a later date to consider an indictment against the defendants.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations of criminal conduct, not evidence. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and convicted through due process of law.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris E. Cotten is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

14 Responses to New charges filed against Democratic Sen. Robinson

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    Cryan says:

    Lock her up

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    Perry Aubric says:

    She should resign or be removed from office

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    Christina says:

    I’ve read the alleged events occurred prior to her term of office, which is why she shouldn’t resign until after a trial – if she is convicted.

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      Cryan says:

      This is what’s wrong with politics: “If it’s my side, they’re innocent until proven guilty.”

      I thought Democrats were against scam for-profit schools with a mission of grift and greed. Isn’t that what the vouchers are all about? You can’t claim to be better than the other side when you’re a hypocrite.

      No, she should resign. If she’s convicted, she can share a cell with Terri Lynch Weaver.

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        Perry Aubric says:

        I am a liberal Democrat, and I think she should resign or be removed. Just like I have thought about every legislator, of either party, that gets in this kind of trouble for the past 40 years. There is someone in that district who has the same political bent who can replace her.

        I don’t think the voting record, or political party, or “score” on some arbitrary scale matters in any of these cases. There are plenty of people in any of these districts with personal ethics and honesty who can replace the unethical or corrupt.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          And I’m a libertarian conservative and I agree with you Perry, but I even carry it one step further in that I don’t think that identity of the offender in the form of race, ethnic affiliation or sex should matter in the case of crime. Crimes such as rioting, looting, vandalism and other violent crime should be punished with the goal of getting the violent offenders off the street and to deter others who may be tempted to embark on a life of crime. Neither poverty nor being real angry should serve as an excuse for crime. Do the crime, do the time commensurate with the record of the offender and the severity of the crime.

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            Cryan says:

            Stuart, I agree, but I carry it one step further. Economic position shouldn’t matter in the case of the crime. Violent crime isn’t the only crime; white-collar crime has victims, too. The scam situation referenced here definitely had victims, and they deserve justice even if they weren’t maimed or killed. Do the crime, do the time.

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            Phillip Lassiter says:

            Glen Casada, Robin Smith,, staffers and others. Need a bigger prison

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    Why isn’t the Lt Gov pandering for her to resign? He said house members should resign if arrested. Lack of consistency and double standards are why there is no faith in leadership

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    I agree 100% with you Stuart, it does not matter what party you belong to or if you are independent. If you want to be in politics in ANY position or in any party you need to be clean. I don’t agree too often with Stuart but I do this time. No crooks allowed.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    I did ask Stuart to comment on the recent charges brought up against the President of CPAC today, that should be interesting. The Washington Post has a long article on the charges.

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