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Tennessee state senator pleads not guilty to federal charges

Senator Katrina Robinson entered the plea Tuesday to charges of wire fraud, theft and embezzlement.

MEMPHIS, Tenn — Tennessee State Senator Katrina Robinson has pleaded not guilty to charges of stealing more than $600,000 in federal grant money received by a health care school she directed and using the money to pay for personal items and expenses. 

The Democratic senator entered her plea Tuesday during an online hearing before a federal magistrate judge in Memphis. 

Robinson was indicted July 30 on dozens of counts of wire fraud, and theft and embezzlement involving government programs, in connection with her job directing The Healthcare Institute. The Memphis-based school provides training for health care industry jobs.