Rachel Dolezal Facing Felony Charges For Welfare Fraud

May 25, 2018  |  


Rachel Dolezal is out here wyling again. In addition to her insistence that she lives life as a Black woman, despite the fact that she lacks African ancestry, Dolezal is now facing charges for welfare fraud.

According to the Huffington Post, Dolezal, the former president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP, is facing felony charges for perjury, welfare fraud, and false verification for public assistance.

Dolezal changed her name to Nkechi Diallo and was receiving government assistance under that alias, though she uses Dolezal on her art website and social media pages.

Washington state’s Department of Social and Health Services began investigating Dolezal in March 2017 after they learned she was receiving public assistance after having published a book.

The investigator learned that Dolezal’s book publisher generally offers their authors contracts with payments of $10,000 to $20,000. But her records revealed that she only reported an income of $300 a month in the form of gifts from friends.

The Spokane County Prosecutor’s office accused Dolezal of being overpaid by $8,847 for food and child care assistance from the state’s Department of Social and Health Services between August 2015 and November 2017.

During that period where she was collecting government assistance, records show that $83,924.96 had been deposited into Dolezal’s bank account.

In addition to her autobiography, In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World, Dolezal was also the subject of a Netflix documentary this year. We can’t say for certain, but it’s likely Dolezal was also compensated for this project as well.

If she’s found guilty of welfare fraud, she could face up 15 years in prison.

For as much as Rachel would like to paint herself as an advocate for the Black community, it’s painfully clear she’s only concerned about her wellbeing. If she were truly concerned about the community, she wouldn’t take money from someone who could legitimately use it. And she wouldn’t use her White privilege to continue to push her narrative at the expense of the Black women who are still being ignored as we watch Rachel’s latest shenanigans.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days” and the creator of the website NoSugarNoCreamMag. You can follow her on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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