A West Virginia woman who called Michelle Obama an “ape in heels,” back in 2016 is reaping the karma from her actions.
Pamela Taylor has been sentenced to ten months in federal prison and two months of house arrest after cheating the government out of $18,000 in FEMA relief funds, NBC reports.
The 57-year-old plead guilty to falsely registering for thousands of dollars in disaster relief money after flooding in Clay County, West Virginia that killed 23 people. Taylor claimed at the time that her home was damaged in the aftermath and that she was now renting a place to live. But prosecutors found out that she never moved and her home was unscathed.
“Defrauding federal programs is always an egregious act,” Mark Tasky, special agent in charge, U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, told press.
“Disaster relief fraud is even more serious because of the limited nature of the funds intended to assist Americans in their time of greatest need.”
Continuing, “Taylor’s fraudulent scheme took FEMA dollars away from those who needed it the most,” said U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart. “Federal disaster benefits are critical to rebuilding infrastructure, homes and lives — not for lining the pockets of individuals who suffered no loss.”
Since being found guilty, Taylor repaid $18,149 in restitution.
Taylor’s subsequent prison sentence comes just a few years after she wrote on Facebook that Michelle Obama was an ape in heels.
Taylor was celebrating Donald Trump’s presidential race win, saying, “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 fraud wrote at the time. Her post later went viral and caused her to be fired from her job.