Woman Who Called Michelle Obama An Ape Sentenced To Prison For Embezzling Funds


A West Virginia woman who was fired from her job in 2016 after writing a demeaning Facebook post about Michelle Obama was sentenced to prison on Thursday for embezzling more than $18,000 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster benefits.

Pamela Taylor, 57, who served as director of the Clay County Development Corporation, was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison and two months of home confinement, the U.S. attorney’s office said. She was also fined $10,000, NBC news reports

Taylor pleaded guilty in February to falsely registering for more than $18,000 in FEMA disaster benefits after flooding in Clay County, West Virginia, in June 2016. The floods killed 23 people.

Taylor claimed that her primary residence had been damaged in the flood and that she was staying in a rental property, the prosecutor’s office said. However, she never moved and still lived in her undamaged home.

Taylor repaid $18,149.04 in restitution.

After Donald Trump was elected president, Taylor wrote 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.”

She was fired from her job after the November 2016 Facebook post.