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

Clyde C Coger Jr

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Nov 17, 2006

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...

By Josh Levin

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


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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