Rachel Dolezal facing 15 years for being alleged ‘Welfare Queen’

Rachel Dolezal
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If you thought the story of Rachel Dolezal,  now known as Nkechi Diallo, and her trans-racial madness could not get any weirder you are wrong. It was in 2015 when America learned the story of Dolezal, who had passed herself off as Black for several years and even became president of the local chapter of the Spokane NAACP. When it was revealed by her father that she was actually White, she shot to infamy. Dolezal was soon on TV, wrote a book and landed a Netflix special about the struggle of being a single Black mom. Her struggle has now become stereotypical Black after it was revealed she is facing charges of welfare fraud.

According to KHQ, Dolezal, was the subject of an investigation by the DSHS Office of Fraud and Accountability, after someone tipped the office off she had received a lucrative book deal while on government assistance. It was discovered that from August 2015 through November 2017, she stated that her income was only around $500 a month and that she was barely making ends meet. The documents go on to refer to Dolezal by her new name of Diallo in court documents. But when investigators looked into her financial records, it was discovered that she had deposited $83,924 in scattered deposits from August 2015 to September 2017. According to the Department of Social and Health Services, this income was unreported and had come from her book deal, the sale of arts and crafts, and speaking engagements.

As recent as October 2017, Diallo was still on government assistance but filed for a “change of circumstance” because of a one time job that paid $20K that month. She came into the DSHS  office voluntarily to speak with investigators and when presented with discrepancies in her financial affairs she stated that 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, and ended the interview.

Diallo is now being charged with 1st Degree Theft by Welfare Fraud, Perjury in the 2nd Degree, and False Verification for Public Assistance.  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.”

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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