Senator Accused of Using Grant Money to Pay for Wedding, Honeymoon, Divorce

A Tennessee senator is facing up to 20 years in prison for allegedly stealing more than $600,000 in federal grant money. In an indictment handed down Wednesday, Senator Katrina Robinson (D) — who also serves as the director of the Healthcare Institute — applied for and received $2.2 million in federal grants on the institute’s behalf between 2015 and 2019. She’s accused of using at least $600,000 of the money “for her own personal benefit and that of her immediate family,” per the indictment.

In addition to using the money for vacations, home improvements, and loan payments, Robinson reportedly paid for her wedding, honeymoon, and subsequent divorce with the ill-gotten funds, prosecutors say. In addition to the prison time, Robinson is facing three years’ probation and a $250,000 fine if she’s found guilty.

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