Katrina Robinson, a Tennessee state senator reportedly stole $600,000 between 2015 to 2019, which was granted to the Healthcare Institute company she directed. She was charged with using federal funds to pay for her wedding and fundan extravagant lifestyle.
The institute received $2.2 million in grants and Robinson used a large portion of the money for personal purchases for herself and her family in violation of the term of the grant.
Robinson allegedly bought her daughter a 2016 Jeep Renegade, invested in a snow cone business run by her children and paid for home renovations with the money, according to federal investigators.
From NEW YORK TIMES:
An investigation into Ms. Robinson began in 2016, when an anonymous complaint to the Health and Human Services Department alleged that she had used $550 of the grant money to buy a Louis Vuitton handbag, according to the affidavit.
Based on bank records, investigators found evidence that Ms. Robinson had given herself a $25,400 performance bonus, paid herself more than her allocated salary and transferred $54,000 to a retirement fund, according to charging documents. The discrepancies amount to $169,134 more in salary than she should have been paid under the grant terms, according to court prosecutors.
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