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Tennessee Democrat Charged With Stealing Hundreds of Thousands in Federal Funds for Personal Use

Corruption.

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A Tennessee Democrat State Senator is being charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal healthcare funds to pay for personal use, including a wedding, a honeymoon, and divorce expenses.

Katrina Robinson, who represents a Memphis-area district in the Tennessee Senate, is being charged with wire fraud, embezzlement, and theft in an indictment announced Wednesday. The FBI had executed a search warrant at her home on the same day.

It’s alleged that Robinson used federal money intended to subsidize the Healthcare Institute- a company for which she served as a director- for the aforementioned expenses, as well as buying her daughter a Jeep Cherokee and funding a snow cone business.

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The Department of Justice is claiming that Robinson stole what amounts to $600,000 in healthcare funds.

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The Democratic Senator is maintaining her innocence, and the state legislative Democratic Caucus appears to be standing by her. The group stated in a press release Thursday that her legislative work is “not in question,” with Robinson claiming that “if I were not in the position that I’m in, that if I did not champion the voices, the views and the faces that I represent, that I would not be in this moment right now.”

The Healthcare Institute had received more than $2.2 million in federal healthcare grants from 2015 to 2019. Read the full Department of Justice indictment here.

Robinson could face up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted of the federal corruption charges.

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Texas Software Billionaire Charged in Largest Tax Fraud Indictment in US History

He’s accused of hiding $2 billion from taxes.

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A Texas software billionaire is being charged with tax evasion in a case federal prosecutors are describing as the largest incidence of tax fraud in American history.

79-year old Robert Brockman was charged in a 39-count indictment that includes charges of money laundering, conspiracy, wire fraud, and tax evasion, with an indictment being unsealed by the US Attorney for the District of San Francisco on Thursday.

Brockman is the CEO of the Reynolds & Reynolds Company, which develops software for automotive companies. He’s being accused of hiding more than $2 billion in capital gains from the IRS, utilizing a complex scheme of companies and trusts registered in notorious Caribbean tax havens such as the British Virgin Islands to conceal his wealth.

Brockman is alleged to have intentionally destroyed electronic devices, documents and other pieces of evidence that would reveal the nature of his tax avoidance system in the unsealed indictment. He was released from jail custody on a $1 million bond Thursday, and has plead not guilty to the charges.

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David Anderson, a San Francisco federal prosecutor, described the magnitude of Brockman’s alleged tax cheating setup at a press conference announcing the charges on Thursday. “The allegation of a $2 billion tax fraud is the largest-ever tax charge against an individual in the United States,” he said.

The evidence that led to the indictment of Brockman was largely obtained from another billionaire, Robert Smith. Smith agreed to a non-prosecution with federal authorities earlier this month for tax evasion of his own, providing information on tax avoidance schemes utilized by the ultra-wealthy.

Greed of this nature is absolutely sickening, if the allegations made in the indictment are legitimate. The IRS should relentlessly pursue billionaires such as Brockman and Smith, making their tax compliance the priority over “average” Americans.

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