Rachel Dolezal Faces Felony Charges of Welfare Fraud in Washington State

Rachel Dolezal Faces Felony Charges of Welfare Fraud in Washington State

Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who made global headlines for pretending to be black and running her local NAACP chapter, is now under investigation for welfare fraud, authorities say. In 2016, Dolezal, a mother of three, officially changed her name to Nkechi Diallo, though she still uses her former name on her art website and social media pages. The beleaguered activist has now been accused of committing welfare fraud when she applied for public assistance a year ago, according to the Hill.

Diallo's banks statements showed over $83,000 had been deposited into her USA bank account between August 2015 and August 2017. She faces 15 years in prison.

Former NAACP official Rachel Dolezal became infamous for appropriating Black culture.

Local reporters who went to her Spokane home seeking comment said she declined to say anything and closed the door.

Court documents indicate she improperly received $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in child care assistance from August 2015 through last November, KHQ-TV reported. She was also the subject of a Netflix documentary entitled, 'The Rachel Divide'.

According to KXLY Spokane, Dolezal has been charged with welfare fraud after investigators discovered she failed to report part of her self-employment income. Fox News recently reported that Dolezal has taken to Instagram to show the apparent success of her in-house hair salon business.

In addition to her book, Ms. Dolezal had also created a line of artwork, soaps and handmade dolls - which she also did not disclose to the state, according to court documents.

She did actually report a change of circumstance, KHQ-TV reported, of a job in October 2017 that paid $20,000.

Then, Dolezal reportedly told the investigator that "she did not have to answer", cutting the interview short. "This is known as an Intentional Program Violation", the court documents read. She was subsequently dismissed from her position on a police ombudsman commission and from her job as a university lecturer.

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