‘Trans-black’ activist Rachel Dolezal facing 15yrs in prison for fraud

Pauline Gross
May 26, 2018

According to reports, Rachel Dolezal (aka Nkechi Diallo) caught the attention of investigators at the Department of Social and Health Service (DSHS) in Washington after news of her book deal surfaced.

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 former NAACP chapter leader is facing a felony theft charge in her home state of Washington after allegedly making false statements to secure almost $9,000 in food and childcare assistance.

She illegally received 8,747 dollars (£6,500) of food assistance and 100 dollars (£75) in child care assistance between August 2015 and November 2017, they say. Court documents say the former activist deposited almost $84,000 into her bank account without reporting the majority of it.

The state of Washington said it is seeking prosecution and restitution in the matter. The DSHS report says Dolezal told investigators in April that she had "fully disclosed her information" and declined to answer further questions.

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Dolezal is also charged with perjury and making false verification for public assistance. She also was sacked from a police ombudsman commission and 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.

"People didn't seem able to consider that maybe both were true", she said at the time.

Dolezal said one of her friends helped her pay rent in February 2017 but that she expected to be homeless the next month because no one would hire her. She was also the subject of a Netflix documentary entitled, 'The Rachel Divide'. The records showed she had not reported her self-employment income to the Department.

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