MEMPHIS, Tenn.—A Tennessee state senator accused of stealing $600,000 in federal grant money from a health care school has been acquitted of 15 of 20 charges, according to court records.
U.S. District Court Judge Sheryl Lippman filed the order on Sunday after attorneys for Sen. Katrina Robinson sought acquittal of all charges Friday, Memphis news outlets reported.
Robinson, 40, a Memphis Democrat elected to the Tennessee General Assembly in 2018, was charged with wire fraud as well as theft and embezzlement of government programs in July 2020 after the FBI searched the school and his home.
She was accused of stealing federal grant money given to The Healthcare Institute, which provides training in the health care sector, including nursing assistant jobs in geriatric care.
The school received more than $2.2 million in federal grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Federal grant money was earmarked for student scholarships from 2015 to 2019.
Robinson’s lawyers argued for an acquittal on Friday after federal prosecutors put their case to rest. They argued that prosecutors did not prove charges that Robinson used federal grant money on personal expenses.
Court filings show that hearings on the remaining five charges were expected to continue on Tuesday.