A woman who was once the head of an NAACP chapter is now facing felony theft charges in Washington for making false statements about her welfare status.
When her parents disclosed that Rachel Dolezal was not black, as she claimed to be, but the daughter of white parents, she was forced to resign her position as the leader of the Spokane NAACP chapter. In 2016, Dolezal changed her name to Nkechi Diallo to identify herself as black.
In 2017, after she resigned, she told the Associated Press that she still identifies as black, though she acknowledges that she’s “Caucasian biologically.”
“People didn’t seem able to consider that maybe both were true,” she said, according to Fox News. “OK, I was born to white parents, but maybe I had an authentic black identity.”
Apparently, the woman has been dishonest about her claims of needing welfare support as well. An investigation was launched in 2017 after she published her autobiography “In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World.”
Dolezal claimed that her only source of income was $300.00 per month in gifts from friends, said Kyle Bunge, a Department of Social and Health Services investigator. But the department found that between August 2015 and September 2017, she deposited almost $84,000 into her account without reporting it.
Investigators believe that the money she earned came from the sale of her autobiography. Dolezal did report to the authorities that she’d received a one-time gift of $20,000 but alleged that there were no discrepancies between the money she reported she was living on -- $500 – and the money she had deposited into her account from the sales of her book.
In 2015 Dolezal resigned as the head of the NAACP chapter in Spokane after her parents claimed she was merely posing as a black activist but was actually white. Around that time, she was also fired from a police ombudsman commission, as well as losing her job as a professor teaching African studies at Eastern Washington University, according to Fox News.
She’s accused of securing almost $9,000 in food and childcare assistance. According to news station KHQ, Dolezal is being charged with 1st Degree Theft by Welfare Fraud, Perjury in the 2nd Degree, and false Verification for Public Assistance. If convicted, she could face up to 15 years in prison.
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