Pamela Taylor of West Virginia garnered national attention in 2016 when she lost her job over a racist Facebook post calling then-First Lady Michelle Obama an “ape in heels.”
Now Taylor is making headlines again, this time for committing fraud against the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to NBC News.
Pamela Taylor, 57, admitted on Tuesday that she falsely registered for more than $18,000 in FEMA disaster benefits after historic flooding in Clay County, West Virginia, in June 2016, the U.S. attorney's office said in a statement. Those floods killed 23 people.
Taylor claimed that her primary residence was damaged in the flood and that she was staying in a rental property, the prosecutor's office said. Her home was not damaged, however, and she still lived there.
Taylor agreed to repay $18,149.04 as part of her plea agreement, NBC reported, and faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.
In 2016, Taylor was fired from her position as director of the Clay County Development Corporation after making posting to Facebook: “It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I’m tired of seeing an ape in heels.”
Clay County Mayor Beverly Whaling joined Taylor in demeaning the former first lady, commenting on the post, “Just made my day Pam.”
She later issued an apology in which she claimed she is not racist.
In a statement sent to The Washington Post, Whaling apologized: “My comment was not intended to be racist at all. I was referring to my day being made for change in the White House! I am truly sorry for any hard feeling this may have caused! Those who know me know that I’m not of any way racist!"