Pamela Taylor pleaded guilty to embezzling over $18,000 from FEMA after she claimed her residence was damaged by floodwaters. She faces up to 30 years in prison and a hefty fine.
ABC News reported that Taylor falsely registered for Federal Emergency disaster funds after a flooding event in Clay County, West Virginia back in June of 2016. She claimed that her residence was damaged by the flood and was forced to stay in a rental property.
“The flood was a natural disaster. Stealing from FEMA is a man-made disaster,” U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said. “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 grabbed major headlines back in 2016 for calling then First Lady Michelle Obama an “ape with heels” on Facebook.
“It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House,” wrote Clay County Development Corporation director Pamela Ramsey Taylor after Election Day. “I’m tired of seeing a Ape in heels.”Pamela Ramsey Taylor
Clay County Mayor Beverly Whaling also resigned after she came under fire for liking Taylor’s Facebook post and commented, “Just made my day Pam.”
During Taylor’s plea agreement hearing, she agreed to repay the $18,149 she embezzled from FEMA. Taylor is scheduled to be sentenced on May 30th and faces up to 30 years in jail and a can be fined up to $500,000.