Sen. Robinson found guilty on 4 of 5 fraud charges

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — State senator Katrina Robinson was found guilty on four of the five counts at her federal wire fraud trial Thursday.

Earlier this week, Robinson argued she was wrongly accused when she took the stand in her own defense.

On Monday, the judge acquitted the Shelby County Democrat on 15 of the 20 charges she was initially facing for fraud, theft, and embezzlement.

In July 2020, Robinson was charged with stealing more than $600,000 in federal funds received by a health care school she directed and using the money to pay for her wedding and other personal expenses.

The school which Robinson directed, The Healthcare Institute, received more than $2.2 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

She was accused of misusing federal grant money over four years, using the money to pay for her wedding and other personal expenses.

Robinson’s attorneys filed a motion that sought to have all 20 counts against Robinson dismissed because they said the government evidence was insufficient to prove Robinson was guilty of the crimes they accused her of committing.

Sunday, US District Judge Sheryl Lipman filed an order granting her motion for acquittal on 15 charges, according to online court records. The judge denied a motion to acquit on five other charges.

Her sentencing date is set for January 5.

“I entered this process knowing that I am innocent and still I maintain that I am innocent,” Robinson told reporters shortly after the conviction. Her attorneys added that they would ask the judge for a reconsideration or to file a motion for a new trial.

Lt. Governor McNally sent FOX13 a statement calling on Robinson to resign. The full statement is below:

“While Senator Robinson’s convictions did not stem from actions taken while in office, they are nevertheless very serious. As public servants, we are held to a higher standard. My personal opinion is that it would be in the best interest of the state and her constituents for Senator Robinson to step down at this time.”

Robinson said that she had not decided whether she would resign.

“My service to the state Senate; I’m still committed to that,” she said. “However, I have not yet made a decision about how we move forward.”

The AP contributed to the story.

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