A West Virginia woman who went viral in 2016 after calling Michelle Obama an "ape" in a Facebook post has just been sentenced to prison for embezzlement.
“It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified first lady back in the White House. I’m tired of seeing an ape in heels," her post read. She was fired after the post went public.
Pamela Taylor, 57, reportedly embezzled more than $18,000 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster benefits.
In her FEMA claim, Taylor claimed that her primary residence had been damaged in the flood and that she was staying in a rental property. But the prosecutor's office revealed that she never moved and that her primary residence was never damaged.
“Taylor’s fraudulent scheme took FEMA dollars away from those who needed it the most,” U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart stated. “Federal disaster benefits are critical to rebuilding infrastructure, homes, and lives — not for lining the pockets of individuals who suffered no loss.”
Taylor served as director of the Clay County Development Corporation and was handed a sentence of 10 months in federal prison and two months of home confinement, according to the U.S. attorney's office. As well as the brief sentence, she was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.
“Defrauding federal programs is always an egregious act," said Mark Tasky, special agent in charge, U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General, in a statement. "Disaster relief fraud is even more serious because of the limited nature of the funds intended to assist Americans in their time of greatest need."
Taylor has already repaid $18,149.04 in restitution.