Rachel Dolezal Faces Felony Charges Including Welfare Fraud
Rachel Dolezal, once president of the Washington State NAACP before her true white identity was exposed, is now facing charges of welfare fraud. Her parents outed her in 2015, which caused her to land on international news.
She posed herself as a black woman for years and legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016. But now she is met with more than just public shaming and backlash, for her other charges including perjury and false verification for public assistance can put her in jail for up to 15 years, according to KHQ.
Dolezal, who identifies as “transracial,” illegally received $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in childcare assistance between 2015 and 2017 as a result of falsely reporting her income.
In February 2017, Dolezal told The Guardian she was living on food stamps because her only options for employment were reality TV and pornography. A month after, she published her book In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World, which led Washington State Department of Social and Health Services to believe she was making more than $300 a month.
Court documents show that Dolezal deposited about $83,924 into her bank account over several months within the same time that she received monetary assistance from the state.
However, Dolezal did at one point report a one-time $20,000 job she completed in October 2017. Last month, Dolezal voluntarily went to an interview with a fraud investigator who asked about possible deviation in her income report. With this, she told the investigator that she “fully disclosed her information” and didn’t have to answer more questions since she hadn’t waved her Miranda rights.
Dolezal had also been selling artwork, soaps and handmade dolls, which also didn’t make it into her income reports, as court documents have revealed.
Last month, Netflix aired a documentary on Rachel Dolezal titled The Rachel Divide.
An arraignment hearing at Spokane County Court is scheduled for June 6.