Rachel Dolezal Charged With Welfare Fraud

by Krystal Franklin

May 25, 2018

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You remember Rachel Dolezal right? The white woman who rocked braids and had been posing as a Black woman for years because, although she is genetically white, she “feels” Black. Months later she’d be offered a Netflix special (a move her son was not happy about it), but what came next would certainly be a surprise.

Though she might go by Nkechi Diallo now (she legally changed her name in 2016), according to reports, “she could face up to 15 years in prison after authorities say she received thousands of dollars in public assistance. She’s accused of welfare fraud, perjury and false verification for public assistance.”

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Court documents go on to say Dolezal (cause we are NOT calling her that other name), “illegally received $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in childcare assistance from August 2015 through November 2017. 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.”

If found guilty, she could face up to 15 years in prison and be ordered to pay more than $8,000 in restitution. Dolezal is expected to appear in court on June 6.

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