Rachel Dolezal Faces Felony Charges of Welfare Fraud in Washington State

Activist Rachel Dolezal leaves the 'Today Show' taping at the NBC Rockefeller Center Studios

The investigation into Dolezal began in March of previous year when an investigator from the Washington Department of Social and Health Services learned she had written a book that had been published. That didn't match up with the income she reported: just $500 per month in child support.

Rachel Dolezal, pictured here in 2009, changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016.

She was the former leader of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), until June 2015 when she resigned after her parents told the media that she was white. A subpoena of self-employment records indicated she'd deposited almost $84,000 into her bank account between August 2015 and September 2017 without reporting it.

Authorities who are charging Dolezal with welfare fraud say the controversial personality illegally received $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in child care assistance from August 2015 through November 2017. Investigators believe the money came from her book, speaking engagements and selling art, soaps and handmade dolls. Dolezal responded that she had "fully disclosed her information and asked what discrepancies", the investigator said.

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

Diallo has also been hit with perjury and false verification for public assistance charges. She also was dismissed from a police ombudsman commission and lost a university teaching post.

Dolezal said one of her friends helped her pay rent in February 2017 but that she expected to be homeless the next month because no one would hire her. Dolezal did report a "change of circumstance" to the state agency, saying she did a one-time job in October 2017 worth $20,000, according to court documents. The records showed she had not reported her self-employment income to the Department.



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