African American History Culture : The Myth Was $150,000 in Fraud. The Real Story Is More Interesting

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The Myth Was $150,000 in Fraud. The Real Story Is More Interesting
The woman behind a pernicious and racist myth didn’t represent anyone or anything but her own striking criminal enterprise


Taylor, who died in obscurity in 2002, hadn’t actually pilfered $150,000 in welfare money in a single year. Her take was estimated at $40,000 over many years, and she was officially charged with stealing around $9,000, and welfare fraud, it turned out, was the least of her crimes. Taylor was a known kidnapper, and in the 1970s and 1980s, three people she’d become close to ended up dead under suspicious circumstances...


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/17/...een-myth-reagan.html?utm_source=pocket-newtab

By Josh Levin

Mr. Levin is the author of “The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth.”

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Linda Taylor leaving court in 1974 following her arraignment on a 31-count indictment involving her alleged receipt of illegal welfare benefits, medical assistance, food stamps and Social Security and veterans’ benefits.CreditCreditBettmann Archive, via Getty Images



 

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