Rachel Dolezal, Who Pretended to Be Black, Is Charged With Welfare Fraud

Rachel Dolezal reportedly received over $80,000 while receiving food assistance and child care assistance from Wash

Rachel Dolezal, Who Pretended to Be Black, Is Charged With Welfare Fraud

Rachel Dolezal, the ex-NAACP chapter leader in Washington who caused national outrage after it was revealed she's a white woman posing as black, has been charged with welfare fraud.

Investigators from the Department of Social and Health Services reviewed her records and found she had been reporting her only source of income as $300 per month in gifts from friends.

Yep. She was getting welfare. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years behind bars.

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Just another reason she's one of those celebs we just wish we'd never heard of... She allegedly reported that her only income was from child support payments (she is a mother of three) which amounted to less than $500 per month, which was contradicted by her bank records that were subpoenaed by state officials.

- lil bougie vert (@kaytbaybeee)Rachel Dolezal now that she's facing charges.

Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, is accused of stealing $8,847 in food and child care assistance dating back to August 2015, according to court documents obtained by KHQ-TV.

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Rachel Dolezal was pressured to resign from the NAACP in February 2017 after it was discovered she was white but had been identifying herself as African American while leading the civil rights group.

The money, court filings said, came from her book and speaking engagements, soap making, doll making and artwork sales. The DSHS report says Dolezal told investigators in April that she had "fully disclosed her information" and declined to answer further questions. She also lost her job teaching African studies at Eastern Washington University.

A state investigator read news stories about the book, found that her publisher had paid between $10,000 and $20,000 to past authors and then looked at her public assistance files.

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She said in 2017 that while she might be "Caucasian biologically" she nevertheless "had an authentic black identity".

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