Rachel Dolezal Faces Felony Charges of Welfare Fraud in Washington State


Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP chapter leader, and transracial activist is facing a felony theft charge after allegedly making false statements to secure welfare assistance.

An investigation began after the Oregon Department of Social and Health Services learned she'd received income for a book she wrote while reporting less than $500 in income.

Yep. She was getting welfare.

Just another reason she's one of those celebs we just wish we'd never heard of... Diallo did, however, report a one-time job in October 2017 for which she earned $20,000.

Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, could face up to 15 years in prison after authorities say she received thousands of dollars in public assistance.

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The investigator found that Dolezal's book publisher typically offers contracts that include payments of $10,000 to $20,000 ― but a review of her records revealed that she'd only reported an income of $300 per month in the form of gifts from friends, according to court documents published by KHQ-TV.

Rachel Dolezal was pressured to resign from the NAACP in February 2017 after it was discovered she was white but had been identifying herself as African American while leading the civil rights group. The Spokane County Prosecutor's office confirmed they filed the charges on May 22, but declined to say what incident the charges stemmed from. Dolezal is expected to appear in court on June 6.

When confronted by investigators last month, Diallo said she "fully disclosed her information" and didn't answer further questions.

When asked about the situation, she told the investigator there were no discrepancies and then ended the interview, according to KHQ-TV. "This is known as an Intentional Program Violation". Her story received global attention, stirring a debate about racial identity and fabrication, and cost her her job as an instructor in the Africana Studies program at Eastern Washington University and her position with the N.A.A.C.P.