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Woman Who Called Michelle Obama 'Ape' Admits to Defrauding FEMA

Woman Who Called Michelle Obama ‘Ape’ Admits to Defrauding FEMA

A West Virginia woman who was fired from her job for calling Michelle Obama an “ape” on Facebook in 2016 has admitted to defrauding the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) out of thousands of dollars.

Pamela Taylor pleaded guilty on Tuesday to falsely registering over $18,000 in FEMA disaster benefits following major flooding in Clay County, West Virginia, in June 2016, the U.S attorney’s office told NBC News in a statement.

The 57-year-old claimed that her main home was damaged in the flood, which killed 23 people, and that she was living in her rental property. The prosecutor’s office told NBC that her primary property wasn’t damaged and that she still lived there.

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said that “the flood was a natural disaster,” adding that “stealing from FEMA is a manmade disaster.”

Taylor, who once served as the director of the Clay County Development Corp., wrote on Facebook following President Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory: “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.”

She has agreed to pay $18,149.04 in restitution. She will be sentenced on May 30 and faces a fine up to $500,000 and up to 30 years in prison, per NBC News.

Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.