A former president of the Spokane Chapter NAACP is up to her hair ties in legal trouble after it was determined that she was allegedly stealing some government money since 2015. She first broke into the news headlines after her parents called her out on what she was doing to scam society. Her name is Rachel Dolezal and she’s a pearly white woman who was pretending to be black until her pearly white parents outed her to the world.
Dolezal was reportedly ‘identifying’ as black, but soon her childhood photos showing a blonde white child surfaced and her cover was clearly blown off the hinges. She’s back in the news making waves after changing her name to Nkechi Diallo and then being accused of several crimes that might find her locked up for a total of 15 years.
Not only is she the face of many funny pictures circulating the Internet thanks to her fraudulent claims of being black, but she could also land herself in prison if she’s found guilty of the crimes she’s accused of. It’s reported that people began looking into her because she was receiving public assistance, but there was also word of her writing a book. The investigator probably caught wind of the book and wondered if she had a deal. If she had a deal for her book, then she was probably being paid and they may have wondered what she would need public assistance for if she’s getting a book deal. Of course, this is speculation into the thought process of the investigations, but it’s probably not that far off from what happened. As it turned out, the investigation revealed much more information that pretty much sums up the scams she allegedly found herself mixed up in.
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KHQ goes into more details:
“Former Spokane Chapter NAACP President Rachel Dolezal is now facing legal trouble that could land her behind bars. KHQ has confirmed that Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, is accused of 1st Degree Theft by Welfare Fraud, Perjury in the 2nd Degree, and False Verification for Public Assistance. Her potential punishment under RCW 74.08.331 could include up to 15 years in prison.
Because Dolezal changed her name, we’ll be referring to her as Nkechi Diallo. According to court documents, Diallo illegally received $8,747 in food assistance, and illegally received $100 in childcare assistance. Total restitution, according to the documents, is $8,847, allegedly stolen from August 2015 through November 2017.
The investigation into Diallo’s alleged theft started in March 2017 when a DSHS Office of Fraud and Accountability investigator received information that Diallo had written a book that got published. The investigator said he’d heard Diallo say she was getting public assistance, but also knew that a typical publishing contract included payments of $10,000 to $20,000.
The investigator conducted a review of Diallo’s records and found she’d been reporting her income was usually less than $500 per month, in child support payments. At one point when asked as to how she was paying her bills, she reported, “Barely! With help from friends and gifts.”
However, a subpoena for her self-employment records, which included copies of her bank statements from 2015 to present, tells a different story. The bank records, court documents say, showed Diallo had deposited about $83,924 into her bank account in several monthly installments between August 2015 and September 2017, without reporting the income to the Department of Social and Health Services. The money, according to the case file, had come from authoring her book, ‘In Full Color,’ speaking engagements, soap making, doll making, and the sale of her art.
During the course of the investigation, Diallo did report a “change of circumstance” to the Department of Social and Health Services, saying she did a one-time job in October of 2017 worth $20,000, and Diallo voluntarily came in for an interview with fraud investigators last month. But when questioned about possible discrepancies in her income reporting, Diallo stated she “fully disclosed her information and asked, ‘what discrepancies?”. Diallo then told the investigator that she “did not have to answer” any more questions, since she had not waived her Miranda rights, which ended the interview.
According to the court documents, “The state of Washington seeks prosecution and restitution in this matter. In addition, the Department requests Nkechi Diallo be disqualified from receiving Food Assistance for at least a 12 month period for breaking a Food Assistance rule on purpose. This is known as an Intentional Program Violation.
One can see that Dolezal might be slipping on quite a slippery surface as the judges aren’t very fond of those who commit welfare fraud and rip off the government and the taxpayers. Dolezal’s parents may not be very happy to hear of this, but their daughter could be in prison for quite a while. If not, then she might get some form of probation and be required to pay fines and restitution. Regardless, someone like Rachel Dolezal who has been in the spotlight should probably keep herself out of trouble.
Dolezal’s parents are pictured below from when they called her out for being white.
Once you’re in the headlights of the media and the world knows who you are, then committing welfare fraud and/or perjury is probably a bad idea.
This is not a good look for Dolezal or anyone she’s connected to, regardless of their color.
It seems like the only color Dolezal should focus on is orange, which could be the color of her next outfit as she’s taken to prison.
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