Pretending you’re black when you’re not obviously isn’t a crime.
Unfortunately for Rachel Dolezal, pretending to the state that you’re without a source of income when you, in fact, have plenty of money rolling in tends to be frowned upon, particularly when you’re getting taxpayer dollars for it.
And now, Dolezal has a new court date regarding her alleged welfare fraud, despite attempts by her team to delay the proceedings.
According to KAYU-TV, a judge in Spokane has set a trial date of March 4 for Dolezal — now known as Nkechi Diallo — on charges that the former local NAACP president bilked the state out of thousands in public assistance and lied about it to investigators.
“Investigators allege that a few months after her parents exposed her as being white, Dolezal started falsifying her income to claim public assistance — stating that she was getting by on a few hundred dollars a month, given as gifts from friends,” KAYU reported.
“According to the court documents, Diallo was able to collect nearly $9,000 in state financial assistance, starting in August of 2015 through November of 2017.
But a state investigation of her banking records found that she had deposited more than $80,000 during that same period.”
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Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services began investigating the case in March of 2017.
Even though she had just published “In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World” — soon to be required reading alongside “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” no doubt — Dolezal claimed that she was getting by on $300 a month from friends.
At the same time, Dolezal was able to bank the aforementioned $80,000, apparently from the book, “speaking engagements, soap making, doll making, and the sale of her art,” according to KHQ-TV.
And who wouldn’t want to buy soap or a doll from a disgraced NAACP leader?
Dolezal would later file a “change of circumstance” regarding a $20,000 payment into her bank account, but continued to maintain that there weren’t any problems otherwise.
When confronted with the facts, according to KHQ, Dolezal asked investigators, “What discrepancies?”
She would end up taking almost $9,000 in state assistance, which led to charges of theft by welfare fraud, perjury and false verification for public assistance.
But apparently, she’s been trying to put off judgment day as long as possible.
“Since the arrest, the case has languished on the court docket — with numerous rescheduling since Diallo’s arraignment back in June,” KAYU reported.
“Judge (Michelle) Szambelan told attorneys in the case that further delaying proceedings was getting old. She set a trial date for March 4th, 2018.”
Maybe you can get away with being transracial, although the NAACP certainly didn’t think so. Dolezal had to resign her leadership position with the group.
You definitely can’t get away with being transeconomic when it comes to welfare assistance, though, and you really can’t get away with being transjudicial.
Have fun in court, Rachel. Or Nkechi. Whatever.
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