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West Virginia woman sentenced for taking disaster funds

May 30, 2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who embezzled disaster benefits from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after heavy flooding more than two years ago has been sentenced to 10 months in prison.

The U.S. attorney’s office says in a statement that 57-year-old Pamela Taylor of Clay County also was ordered during Thursday’s sentencing to pay a $10,000 fine. The statement says Taylor has already paid more than $18,000 in restitution.

Taylor admitted to falsely registering for benefits after the June 2016 flood. Her home wasn’t damaged and she was living in it but claimed it was damaged and she was staying in a rental unit.

In December 2016, Taylor was fired as director of the Clay County Development Corp. after she wrote a Facebook post referring to then-first lady Michelle Obama as an “ape in heels.”

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