Rachel Dolezal Hit w/ Felony Theft Charge In Welfare Fraud Case, After Receiving 9k In Govt Assistance
Rachel Dolezal has found herself in some legal trouble. Dolezel, who changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in October 2016, is facing a felony theft charge in Washington state after she allegedly made false statements to secure nearly $9,000 in food and childcare assistance. She is also charged with perjury and making false verification for public assistance.
The former NAACP chapter leader made headlines when she resigned after her parents revealed she’s not African-American.
Reportedly, investigators with Washington state’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) started looking into Dolezal’s finances in last year after her autobiography, “In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World” was released.
DSHS said Dolezal had claimed that,
Her only source of income was $300.00 per month in gifts from friends.
However, the department found that she had deposited nearly $84,000 in her bank account between August 2015 and September 2017 without reporting it. According to the investigation, the money came from sales of Dolezal’s autobiography as well as “the sale of her art, soaps, and handmade dolls.”
Authorities accused her of illegally receiving $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in child care assistance from August 2015 through November 2017.
Dolezal did report a “change of circumstance” to the state agency, saying she did a one-time job in October 2017 worth $20,000, court documents said. The DSHS report says Dolezal told investigators in April that she had “fully disclosed her information” and declined to answer further questions.
According to social media, Dolezal now has in-house hair salon business.