U.S. District Judge Sheryl H. Lipman acquitted Tennessee State Senator Katrina Robinson of two counts of wire fraud, but left two of her remaining four counts.
Robinson was convicted in a jury trial in September 2021 of four counts of wire fraud in connection with his management and ownership of The Healthcare Institute, a nursing school, and his management of funds received in as part of a grant from the administration of health resources and services.
The new order, issued Thursday, granted Robinson her request to acquit charges that she submitted annual performance reports during the years 2017-18 and 2018-19 to the HRSA that contained fraudulent interpretations of the operations of the HRSA. the Institute of Health in connection with a fraud scheme. HRSA.
However, the judge dismissed Robinson’s motion to acquit him of the other two charges, which accused Robinson of misusing HRSA grant funds to pay for two personal expenses related to his marriage as part of the ‘a scheme to defraud HRSA. One was at a caterer, the other at a makeup artist. Expenses totaled less than $ 3,500.
In his trial testimony, Robinson said her former husband then deposited money into the account to offset these expenses.
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But in an email exchange with a transaction processing manager at THI, Robinson appeared to describe the charges as “purchases for our patient education event. [that] … Which should be under our ADRD funds for subsidy accounting purchases, ”according to the court ruling.
Robinson, 40, was first accused by the government of embezzling $ 600,000 in federal scholarship funds. Instead, prosecutors said, some federal funding was used for personal expenses associated with Robinson’s wedding, a Jeep for his daughter, designer handbags and other items.
At trial, Lipman allowed a defense motion to acquit Robinson of 15 of 20 federal charges of fraud and embezzlement.
Katherine Burgess covers county government and religion. She can be reached at [email protected], 901-529-2799 or followed on Twitter @kathsburgess.