Rachel Dolezal, the former Washington state NAACP president thrust into the spotlight after media revealed she was a white woman posing as black, is facing welfare fraud charges.
According to KHQ, Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo, is reportedly facing 1st-degree theft by welfare fraud, perjury in the 2nd-degree and false verification for public assistance.
Investigators from Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) started to investigate Dolezal in March 2017 after the release of her book “In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World.”
The investigator said he heard that Dolezal said she was getting public assistance, but realized that publishing contracts can come with advance payments of $10,000 to $20,000.
The investigator says that Dolezal claimed her only source of income was usually less than $500 per month in child support.
Records showed that from 2015 to present Dolezal “had deposited about $83,924 into her bank account in several monthly installments between August 2015 and September 2017, without reporting the income to the Department of Social and Health Services.”
The money had reportedly come from her book, speaking engagements, soap making, doll making, and the sale of her art.