Rachel Dolezal, woman who posed as Black, charged with welfare fraud

Rachel Dolezal, The Former NAACP Who Posed As Black, Charged With Welfare Fraud

Rachel Dolezal, The Former NAACP Who Posed As Black, Charged With Welfare Fraud

In early 2017 it was reported that Dolezal was struggling to pay bills, jobless and facing homelessness after being dismissed from the NAACP and her position as an adjunct professor of African studies at Eastern Washington University.

The investigation into Dolezal began in March of previous year when an investigator from the Washington Department of Social and Health Services learned she had written a book that had been published.

Just another reason she's one of those celebs we just wish we'd never heard of... Dolezal's name is back in the news once again though, as she is being charged with welfare fraud.

Authorities say Dolezal illegally received $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in child care assistance from August 2015 through November 2017.

She received this assistance by reporting that her income was usually less than $500 per month in child support payments, a statement contradicted by bank records obtained by state officials, KHQ reported.

According to KXLY Spokane, Dolezal has been charged with welfare fraud after investigators discovered she failed to report part of her self-employment income.

According to the investigation, the money came from sales of Dolezal's autobiography as well as "the sale of her art, soaps, and handmade dolls".

Dolezal 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 said.

After years of civil rights activism, Dolezal's parents told reporters that she had merely posed as being African American.

She was the recent subject of a Netflix documentary, The Rachel Divide, which premiered on April 27.

While she claims she had fallen on hard times after the scandal that made her a household name also made her unemployable, Dolezal was apparently still benefiting from public assistance even after things had turned around for her financially.

Dolezal is expected to appear in court on June 6, KHQ-TV reported.

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