A Democrat state senator in Tennessee named Katrina Robinson has been accused of stealing $600,000 in federal funds, which she reportedly spent on various things, including a Jeep.
She turned herself in and faces jail time.
The Daily Caller reports:
Tennessee State Senator Allegedly Stole Over $600,000 Of Federal Funds To Pay For Wedding, Travel, Campaign Events And A Jeep
A Democratic Tennessee state senator has been charged with theft and embezzlement of federal funds which she allegedly used to pay for vacations, handbags and other personal expenses, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney Western District of Tennessee said that Tennessee state Sen. Katrina Robinson, 39, received more than $2.2 million in federal grants between 2015 and 2019 for a vocational training school she founded, The Healthcare Institute (THI). Robinson is accused of stealing over $600,000 from the school and using it for personal reasons.
During the period when the school received the grant funds, Robinson allegedly “stole in excess of $600,000 from THI by compensating herself in excess of what was allowed under the terms of the HRSA grant and by using Institute funds for payments and purchases for her own personal benefit and that of her immediate family,” the Department of Justice said in its indictment.
FOX 13 has more:
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.
If convicted, Robinson faces a possible sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison, 3 years supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.
Here’s a video report:
How did she think she wouldn’t get caught?