Rachel Dolezal, the disgraced former head of an NAACP chapter who was forced to resign after it was revealed that she was not, as she claimed, actually a black women, did not apparently keep her fraud limited to the color of her skin. Washington State is now bringing felony theft charges against Dolezal in connection with false statements she made to get herself nearly $9,000 in welfare from the state government.
Dolezal, who changed her name to Nkechi Diallo last year for some reason, found herself on the radar of Social and Health Services investigators after she published an autobiography and continued accepting food and childcare assistance from the state. Puzzled that the publication of her book would not impact her financial situation, investigators from the department began looking more closely at her case.
According to DSHS investigator Kyle Bunge, Dolezal told him that “her only source of income was $300 per month in gifts from friends.” Upon further examination, however, the department discovered that she had taken in income of nearly $84,000 between 2015 and 2017 without reporting it. This did not stop her from taking her benefits from the state, which included $8,747 in food assistance and another $100 in child care assistance during the time in question.
In a February 2017 interview with The Guardian, Dolezal said she had fallen on hard times and was forced to rely on food stamps to get by. In the aftermath of being exposed as a fraud and then claiming the mantle of being the country’s first “transracial” individual, Dolezal left her position as the NAACP leader in Spokane involuntarily. Since then, she told the UK paper, she had only been offered jobs in reality television and porn.
She also continued to identify as a black woman.
“I feel like the idea of being trans-black would be much more accurate than ‘I’m white,’” she told The Guardian. “Because you know, I’m not white.”
It is perhaps this loose grip on facts and reality that led her to believe that she required food assistance from the state of Washington while actually depositing big checks from her autobiography and her home hair salon business. Reality could once again come crashing down on the decidedly white Dolezal, though; the charges against her could bring a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.