Former Spokane NAACP Chapter Leader Rachel Dolezal Accused Of Welfare Fraud

Geraldine Edwards
May 26, 2018

Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who made worldwide headlines for pretending to be black and running her local NAACP chapter, is now under investigation for welfare fraud, authorities say.

A state investigator read news stories about the book, found that her publisher had paid between $10,000 and $20,000 to past authors and then looked at her public assistance files.

Court documents allege Dolezal, who has legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo, illegally received $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in child care assistance starting in August 2015 up until November 2017.

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Yep. She was getting welfare.

According to the documents, Dolezal did submitted a "change of circumstance" to DSHS, insisting she received a one-tie payment of $20,000 in October 2017, but failed to make mention of any additional earnings. According to KHQ-TV, which broke the charges, she could get up to 15 years in prison.

Bank records indicated she had deposited about $83,924 into her bank account in several monthly installments between August 2015 and September 2017, without reporting the income to the DSHS, according to court documents.

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In early 2017 it was reported that Dolezal was struggling to pay bills, jobless and facing homelessness after being dismissed from the NAACP and her position as an adjunct professor of African studies at Eastern Washington University. Dolezal voluntarily met with the office last month for an interview but stated she previously disclosed all her income and didn't know about these "discrepancies". The former NAACP chapter leader is facing a felony theft charge in her home state of Washington after allegedly making false statements to secure almost $9,000 in food and childcare assistance.

Dolezal came to national attention in 2015 after her family revealed she'd been presenting herself as a black woman for years, even though they said she was born white.

Dolezal is expected to appear in court on June 6, KHQ-TV reported.

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Rachel Dolezal in the documentary "The Rachel Divide".

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