Woman who called Michelle Obama an ‘ape in heels’ defrauded FEMA of $18K

A former West Virginia nonprofit director who called Michelle Obama an “ape in heels” pleaded guilty to defrauding the Federal Emergency Management Agency out of thousands of dollars.

Pamela Taylor admitted to falsely registering for over $18,000 in FEMA disaster relief for a 2016 flood which was among the deadliest in West Virginia history, according to the Department of Justice.

Taylor claimed that her primary residence was damaged by the flood forcing her to stay in a rental. However, her primary residence was undamaged by the flood and she still lived there.

She agreed to pay restitution of $18,149.04 as a part of her plea agreement. She faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 when she is sentenced in May.

“The flood was a natural disaster. Stealing from FEMA is a manmade disaster,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.

Following the election of Donald Trump as president, Taylor posted on Facebook: “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, who was a director of the nonprofit Clay County Development Corporation, was placed on leave after her controversial Facebook post.

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