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Rachel Dolezal Faced With Federal Charges of Welfare Fraud While Being Black

A former President of the NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was outed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud after investigators discovered she failed to report part of her self-employment income.

Dolezal, who had her name changed to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, is accused of 1st Degree Theft by Welfare Fraud, Perjury in the 2nd degree, and False Verification for Public Assistance. According to reports, she received $8,747 in illegal food assistance, and $100 in illegal childcare assistance, totaling $8,847.

Court documents say the investigation began when a DSHS criminal investigator reviewed her records and found that she had been reporting her only source of income as $300 per month in gifts from friends. The investigator researched the publisher of Dolezal’s book and found a standard contract would include payments of $10,000 to $20,000 as advances against later royalties.

Rachel Dolezal, who posed as black, accused of welfare fraud

Rachel Dolezal with her son, Langston

The court subpoenaed Dolezal’s self-employment records, which included copies of her bank statements from September 1, 2015, to present. Bank statements reportedly showed over $83,000 had been deposited into her U.S. bank account between August 2015 and August 2017.

Failing to report her income resulted in a Food and Childcare Assistance over payment of $8,847. She will be arraigned on the charges on June 6.