The former Washington state NAACP activist outed as a white woman after passing herself off as an African American is now facing charges of welfare fraud.
Investigators first began looking into Dolezal's finances in March 2017 when she published a controversial book detailing what she calls her "trans-racial" identity, a topic that divided the black community and civil rights activists at the time, KHQ-TV reports. She's charged with first-degree theft by way of welfare fraud, perjury in the 2nd degree and false verification for public assistance.
The state of Washington said it is seeking prosecution and restitution in the matter.
She illegally received 8,747 dollars (£6,500) of food assistance and 100 dollars (£75) in child care assistance between August 2015 and November 2017, they say. She resigned from the NAACP in June 2015 when her parents revealed she was actually white, and claimed that since then she had been unemployed and unable to find work, the Spokesman-Review reported.
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According to the documents, Dolezal did submitted a "change of circumstance" to DSHS, insisting she received a one-tie payment of $20,000 in October 2017, but failed to make mention of any additional earnings.
The spotlight brought more scrutiny, as it often does *cough*Trump*cough*, and someone at the Department of Social and Health Services noticed gurl had a book deal but only reported $300/month income. Huh? If convicted, she faces up to 15 years behind bars.
When questioned about the income, court documents show that Dolezal told investigators she had "fully disclosed her information" and declined to discuss the issue further.
She was the recent subject of a Netflix documentary, The Rachel Divide, which premiered on April 27. "This is known as an Intentional Program Violation", court documents read as cited by KHQ-TV. According to a statement from Netflix, she was not paid for the project.