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Rachel Dolezal Accused of Welfare Fraud, Facing Felony Theft Charges

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Rachel Dolezal Accused of Welfare Fraud, Facing Felony Theft Charges

Rachel Dolezal, the ex-NAACP chapter head who stepped down after her parents revealed she’s not Black, is now faced with a felony theft charge in Washington state after allegedly making false statements to garner almost $9,000 in food and childcare assistance.

The charges brought against Dolezal, who now goes by Nkechi Diallo, were first brought to the public’s attention by KHQ-TV.
The charges against Dolezal, who changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in October 2016, were first reported by KHQ-TV.

According to court records, Washington state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) investigators began inquiring into Dolezal’s finances in March 2017, when she published her autobiography, “In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World.”

According to DSHS investigator Kyle Bunge, Dolezal said “”her only source of income was $300.00 per month in gifts from friends.” The department determined her claim was false, and discovered she deposited almost $84,000 in her bank account between August 2015 and September 2017 without reporting it.

Investigators concluded the money resulted from sales of Dolezal’s autobiography in addition to “the sale of her art, soaps, and handmade dolls.”

Officials say Dolezal illegally received $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in child care assistance between August 2015 and November 2017.

Dolezal did report a ‘change of circumstance’ to the state agency, saying a one-time job in October 2017 garnered her $20,000, court records said. The report by DSHS states Dolezal told investigators in April that she had ‘fully disclosed her information’ and refused to answer any more questions.

Dolezal also faces additional charges of perjury and making false verification for public assistance.

Dolezal stepped down as Spokane’s NAACP chapter leader in June 2015 after her parents informed local media that she had been born White and was just posing as a Black activist. She was also terminated from a police ombudsman commission and let go from her teaching job at Eastern Washington University, where she taught African studies.

In 2017, Dolezal told The Associated Press that she still maintained her Black identity, and was merely “biologically Caucasian.”

“People didn’t seem able to consider that maybe both were true,” she said. “OK, I was born to white parents, but maybe I had an authentic Black identity.”

Alongside her autobiography, Dolezal was the focal point of a Netflix documentary, ‘The Rachel Divide,’ that debuted at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival a month ago.
In addition to her autobiography, Dolezal was the subject of a Netflix documentary, “The Rachel Divide,” that premiered at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival last month. She had also been bragging recently about how well her in-house hair salon business was doing on social media.

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