A once prominent black civil rights leader in Washington state who was later exposed as white is facing charges of welfare fraud.
While the income was not reported to the Department of Social and Health Services, she did offer up a "change of circumstance" report for a one-time gig worth $20,000.
If convicted, she faces as many as 15 years in prison.
Just another reason she's one of those celebs we just wish we'd never heard of... As the investigation continued, her bank statements showed over $83,000 had been deposited into her account between August 2015 and August 2017.
Rachel Dolezal is facing charges related to alleged welfare fraud.
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Dolezal, whose legal name was changed to Nkechi A. Diallo in 2016, is accused of receiving $8,747 in illegal food assistance, and $100 in illegal childcare assistance, totaling $8,847. Dolezal voluntarily met with the office last month for an interview but stated she previously disclosed all her income and didn't know about these "discrepancies".
KXLY reports that investigators found that Diallo had been issued a business license under multiple trade names, and that she was promoting the sale of her book, "In Full Color", along with the sale of her art, soaps, and handmade dolls.
Rachel Dolezal lost her job as president of a local NAACP chapter.
She was the recent subject of a Netflix documentary, The Rachel Divide, which premiered on April 27.
She said in 2017 that while she might be "Caucasian biologically" she nevertheless "had an authentic black identity". In addition, the Department requests Nkechi Diallo be disqualified from receiving Food Assistance for at least a 12 month period for breaking a Food Assistance rule on objective. 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.