A Clay County woman was sentenced Thursday to 10 months in prison for embezzling flood recovery funds, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart’s office.
Pamela Taylor, 57, was also sentenced to two months of home confinement and fined $10,000 for making multiple false statements to the Federal Emergency Management Agency that spawned more than $18,000 in aid. Taylor had faced up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000. U.S. District Judge Irene C. Berger handed down the sentence.
The FEMA funds were designated for victims of the June 2016 floods that killed more than 20 West Virginians and destroyed hundreds of homes along the Elk River and beyond.
She has already paid $18,149.04 in restitution.
Taylor admitted she falsely registered for FEMA benefits after the 2016 flood in Clay County. She told FEMA her primary residence was damaged by the flood and she was staying in a rental unit. In truth, her home was not damaged, nor was she staying in a rental.
Taylor’s name and residence match those of a 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 then-first lady Michelle Obama an “ape in heels.”