A former West Virginia official who lost her job in 2016 after she referred to then-first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaGOP senator dedicates heart photo to wife from Senate floor for Valentine’s Day Barack Obama sends Valentine’s message to Michelle: ‘She does get down to Motown’ The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Kidney Care Partners – House moving to vote on deal after signals Trump will sign MORE as an “ape” has captured headlines again after she recently pleaded guilty to defrauding the Federal Emergency Management Agency out of thousands of dollars that were intended to help flood victims, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports.
According to the local paper, Pamela Taylor, the former director of the Clay County Development Corp., pleaded guilty earlier this week to taking over $18,000 in relief benefits from the agency that were intended to help those whose homes were damaged in the 2016 floods that ravaged regions of the state.
Taylor, 57, had wrongfully registered for the benefits and falsely claimed that her home had been damaged by the floods and that she was forced to stay in a rental property due to the tragedy, according to the newspaper.
However, it was later reportedly discovered that Taylor’s primary residence was left undamaged by the floods and she was still residing there.
Taylor has since reportedly agreed to pay 18,149.04 in restitution in her plea agreement. The former government employee also reportedly faces up to 30 years in prison for the crime in addition to a maximum fine of $500,000.
Taylor will reportedly be sentenced in May.
The West Virginia woman first came into prominence several years ago after she was removed from her position in November 2016 when she said in a Facebook post: “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.”
The post instantly became a source of outrage among the public, with many at the time demanding public apologies and her termination.