Tuesday, August 16, 2022

White Woman Who Called Michelle Obama ‘Ape in Heels’ Hit with 10-Month Prison Sentence for FEMA Fraud

Pamela Taylor - Michelle Obama

*A West Virginia woman who was fired from her job in 2016 after calling former First Lady Michelle Obama an “ape in heels” in a racist Facebook post was sentenced to prison last week for embezzling more than $18,000 in FEMA disaster benefits.

Pamela Taylor was hit with a 10 month-sentence in federal prison and a $10,000 fine, WSAZ-3 reports. Earlier this year, Taylor admitted to stealing more than $18,000 in flood relief aid by falsely registering for FEMA benefits after the June 2016 floods that killed more than 20 in West Virginia.

As we previously reported, Taylor claimed her primary residence was damaged in the flood and that she was staying in a rental property, the prosecutor’s office said. Here’s the truth: home was not damaged and she still lived there.

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“The flood was a natural disaster. Stealing from FEMA is a man-made disaster,” U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said in a news release. “The floods of June 2016 were historic and devastating to thousands of West Virginians. Lives were lost. Too many of our brothers and sisters lost everything. FEMA dollars are critical but limited. Stealing critical FEMA dollars is a crime – literally and figuratively. Taylor’s fraud scheme diverted disaster benefits from our most desperate and vulnerable, those most in need of help.””

Taylor posted a controversial comment about Obama following Donald Trump’s presidential win that said:”It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I’m tired of seeing a Ape in heels.”

Taylor was fired from her job as director of the Clay County Development Corporation after the November 2016 post, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail. But she was secretly rehired weeks later.

In her plea agreement, she must pay restitution of over $18,000. Following her release from prison, Taylor will be confined to her home for the first two months.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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