Rachel Dolezal accused of welfare fraud after race scandal

Rachel Dolezal accused of welfare fraud after race scandal

Rachel Dolezal accused of welfare fraud after race scandal

The former president of the NAACP's Spokane, Washington chapter rose to infamy when it was revealed she was posing as an African American. Authorities have charged her with first degree theft by welfare fraud, second degree perjury and false verification for public assistance. The beleaguered activist has now been accused of committing welfare fraud when she applied for public assistance previous year, according to the Hill.

Investigators began looking into Dolezal's finances after learning she'd written a book, according to The Associated Press.

According to court documents, between August 1, 2015 and November 30, 2017 Dolezal obtained public assistance when she was not entitled to it. Records said she received $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in childcare assistance illegally. That didn't match up with the income she reported: just $500 per month in child support.

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 money she deposited was from her book, some speaking gigs, soap and doll making, and her art.

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The state of Washington said it is seeking prosecution and restitution in the matter.

News of Dolezal's charges doesn't come as much of a surprise as she has already had a controversial past.

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.

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.

When asked about the situation, she told the investigator there were no discrepancies and then ended the interview, according to KHQ-TV. "This is known as an Intentional Program Violation", the court documents read. She wrote about her experience in an autobiography, In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World, and was featured in a Netflix documentary this year.

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