Just when you thought Rachel Dolezal had gone away for good, she’s back in the headlines. But not in the way she had hoped.
The former white person (at least by her claim) has been booked, fingerprinted, and awaits trial on a number of charges, including welfare fraud. She had already plead guilty to state welfare charges earlier this year.
Dolezal changed her name to Nkechi Diallo after it was revealed that she was actually a white chick from Montana and not actually black. She once served as the president of the NAACP in Spokane, Washington and taught African studies at a local university. She was fired from her teaching job after the revelation. She was also a local activist on race issues and a supporter of Democratic candidates.
Here, she poses with Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby several years back, when they met to discuss race issues.
Diallo pleaded not guilty to state charges of first-degree theft by welfare fraud, making false verification and second-degree perjury last month. A judge ordered her freed on her own recognizance and gave her a deadline of Monday evening to report to the Spokane County jail for booking and fingerprinting.
Diallo, who changed her name from Rachel Dolezal in October 2016, is accused of receiving more than $8,800 in food and childcare assistance illegally between August 2015 and November 2017.
The welfare fraud case started in March 2017 after a state investigator received information that Diallo had written a book –her autobiography, “In Full Color.” The investigator reviewed Diallo’s records and found that she had been reporting her income as usually less than $500 per month, court documents said.
Since her arrest, Dolezal spends her time selling her artwork. In a tweet a few days ago, she was profiting off of the border crisis by selling a painting on the subject.
— Rachel Anne Doležal (@RachelADolezal) June 25, 2018
Even though Dolezal claimed to be making little money, in truth, she was pocketing big bucks from her book, Netflix documentary, and other ventures.
However, a subpoena of her bank statements and other records showed Diallo had deposited nearly $84,000 into her account from 2015-17, without reporting most of it to the state Department of Social and Health Services.
The money came from book sales, speaking engagements, soap making, doll making and the sale of her art, according to the case file.
Diallo did report a change of circumstance to the state agency, saying she did a one-time job in October 2017 worth $20,000, court documents show.
Rachel Dolezal, as she was known then, achieved international infamy in June 2015 after her parents, with whom she has long feuded, told reporters their daughter was white but was presenting herself as a black activist.
In addition to resigning as Spokane NAACP president, she was kicked off a police oversight commission, lost a position as a freelance columnist for a weekly newspaper in Spokane and was fired from her job teaching African studies at nearby Eastern Washington University.
Here is local news coverage of Dolezal in court.
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