Official Who Called Michelle Obama An ‘Ape’ Just Plead Guilty

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In 2016, a West Virginia woman made a racist Facebook post about then-first lady Michelle Obama. This certainly wasn’t the first racist attack on the first lady or the Obama family. Amidst the many incidents that happened throughout former President Obama’s term, a Georgia educator was also fired in 2016 over Facebook comments made about Michelle Obama.

It appears that the West Virginia woman, 57 year-old Pamela Taylor, is receiving her due karma. On Monday, Taylor pleaded guilty, admitting that she took more than $18,000 in flood relief benefits from FEMA.

According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail:

‘Taylor claimed that her primary residence had been damaged in the flood and that she was staying in a rental property. In fact, her primary residence was undamaged and she was still staying there, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart’s office.’

Taylor struck up a plea agreement, agreeing to pay restitution of $18,149.04. She faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 when she is sentenced on May 30 by U.S. District Judge Irene C. Berger.

It was found that Taylor’s name and residences math those of Pamela Taylor who was suspended from her job as director of the Clay County Development Corporation after a November 2016 Facebook post in which she called Michelle Obama an “ape in heels.”

Taylor said in her plea agreement that she registered with FEMA around July 20, 2016 at Clay County High School in West Virginia. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail:

‘She told FEMA representatives that her primary address was on Main Street in Clay and that her “permanent residence” on the Elk River in Procious was damaged by the flood.’

In reality, Taylor lived in Bickmore and her home nor her property were affected by the flood.

Taylor also gave FEMA officials her work address, saying it was her home address. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported:

‘Taylor was removed from the position in December 2016 after state officials reached an agreement with the agency’s board of directors.

Her Facebook wasn’t mentioned as a reason for her dismissal, but officials from the Bureau for Senior Services said at the time, the agency was not following nonprofit law.

According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail:

‘The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA and other agencies either could not or would not say that the woman who pleaded guilty Monday was the same woman removed from her position after the Facebook post. Taylor’s attorney, Tim Carrico, did not return a request for comment.’

Michelle Obama recently went on a 10-city book tour at the end of last year to promote her new memoir, “Becoming.” She kicked off her tour in Chicago on November 13, and ended in Washington on December 17.

Just last Sunday, she made a surprise appearance at the Grammy Awards, joining host Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez on stage. The powerful women came together to speak about the power of music, deviating from the traditional mean-spirited joking opener typical of awards shows.

Before Michelle could even speak, the crowd erupted in applause for her, and she talked about how music has helped her share her story.

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