Ex-NAACP official Rachel Dolezal charged with welfare fraud

The Rachel Divide /Netflix

The Rachel Divide /Netflix

Rachel Dolezal, the former Washington state NAACP president thrust into the spotlight after media revealed she was a white woman posing as black, is facing welfare fraud charges.

News station KHQ-TV in Spokane, Washington, reported that Ms Dolezal came under investigation after it became known she had published a book.

She has been charged with 1st Degree Theft by Welfare Fraud, Perjury in the 2nd Degree, and False Verification for Public Assistance.

According to the documents, Dolezal did submitted a "change of circumstance" to DSHS, insisting she received a one-tie payment of $20,000 in October 2017, but failed to make mention of any additional earnings. The records showed she had not reported her self-employment income to the Department.

"The state of Washington seeks prosecution and restitution in this matter".

Bank records indicated she had deposited about $83,924 into her bank account in several monthly installments between August 2015 and September 2017, without reporting the income to the DSHS, according to court documents.

Dolezal reportedly received $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in childcare benefits according KHQ-TV, a local NBC affiliate, reported.

She said in 2017 that while she might be "Caucasian biologically" she nevertheless "had an authentic black identity". She was then told a report would be completed and the case may be forwarded for criminal charges.

The former NAACP leader allegedly told investigators in December 2, 2017 that she was contracted to earn $5,000 and was given a $15,000 bonus - a total of$20,000.

In addition to her autobiography, Dolezal was the subject of a Netflix documentary, "The Rachel Divide", that premiered at New York's Tribeca Film Festival last month. Her story received global attention, stirring a debate about racial identity and fabrication, and cost her her job as an instructor in the Africana Studies program at Eastern Washington University and her position with the N.A.A.C.P.

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