A Tennessee state senator was indicted Thursday on dozens of counts of stealing more than $600,000 in federal funds received by a health care school she directed and using the money to pay for personal items and expenses.
A federal grand jury handed down the indictment against Democratic state Senator Katrina Robinson, one day after the United States attorney's office unsealed a criminal complaint alleging she used grant money earmarked for health care worker training to pay for her wedding and honeymoon, home improvements, a Jeep Renegade for her daughter, her children's snow cone business, a campaign event, legal fees for her divorce, and other things.
In a statement, the indictment includes 24 counts of theft and embezzlement involving government programs and 24 counts of wire fraud.
Robinson, a Democrat elected to the General Assembly in 2018 from a Memphis district, is the director of The Healthcare Institute, which provides training for health care industry jobs, prosecutors said.
The Memphis-based school received more than $2.2 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The FBI said Robinson took $600,000 from the school's operating account.
If convicted, Robinson faces a possible sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison.
Robinson would be up for re-election in 2022.