Former NAACP official Rachel Dolezal, a white woman has been indicted for years as an African American, is now being sued for social fraud after investigators say she has illegally received thousands of dollars in public support
Dolezal, which changed its name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, the theft is being charged $ 8,847 in food and child care assistance from August 2015, according to the court records received by KHQ-TV. She is indicted as "Nkechi Diallo alias Rachel A. Dolezal" with theft of first degree by social fraud, second degree of perjury and false affirmation of public support.
Local reporters who went home to their Spokane, seeking comment said they refused to say anything and shut the door.
Dolezal's investigation began in March last year when an investigator from the Washington Department of Social Affairs and Health learned she had written a book that had been published. The investigator continued to research the book's editor and found that "a typical contract would include payments of $ 10,000 to $ 20,000 as an advance against later royalties," documents said.
At that time, Dolezal reported a monthly income of less than $ 500, which came from alimony payments. She resigned from the NAACP in June 2015 when her parents revealed she was actually white, claiming that she had been unemployed and incapacitated since then, the speaker review reported.
When she was asked how she paid her living She was quoted in the documents: "Hardly! With the help of friends and gifts."
But a review of Dolezal's self-employment records, which contained bank statements, revealed a less dire situation ,
In total, between August 2015 and September 2017, Dolezal's bank statements showed that she had deposited nearly $ 84,000, it said in documents. The investigators believe that the money came from her book, lectured and sold art, soaps and handmade dolls.
In 2017, Dolezal reported a "change in circumstances," citing a "one-time job" for "speaking and voice overs". She earned $ 20,000 in October, according to documents.
Documents show that Dolezal was made aware that she would be prosecuted if she "deliberately" made a false statement or failed to report.
Dolezal was called in for an interview with an investigator in April, where she was informed that the investigation was about her "reporting discrepancies". Dolezal replied that she "completely disclosed her information and asked for disagreement," the investigator said.
Dolezal allegedly told the investigator that "she did not have to answer" and briefly stopped the interview.
The refusal to answer questions turned out to be no good defense for Dolezal.
Dole's story as an African American made headlines around the world in 2015.
She was outed as if she were African-American after her carefully constructed image was broken during an interview in 2015, when she was asked a single question: "Are you an African American?" Dolezal did not answer and instead went out the camera.
Dolezal is the subject of a Netflix documentary called "The Rachel Divide," which was released in April. After a statement by Netflix she was not paid for the project.
If Dolezal is found guilty, he could face up to 15 years in prison and be paid compensation of $ 8,887. It could also be excluded from food aid for at least one year, documents said.
Dolezal is expected to appear in court on June 6, KHQ-TV reported.