Apparently, the money Rachel Dolezal earned from her recent Netflix documentary wasn’t exactly enough for her, because the very Caucasian former local NAACP president who passed herself off as African-American is now facing felony welfare fraud charges.
According to KHQ-TV, Dolezal — who has legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo — is accused of lying to obtain almost $9,000 in child welfare assistance from the state of Washington.
Court documents reveal that the state’s Department of Social and Health Services began investigating Dolezal/Diallo in March 2017. That was after she published her autobiography “In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World.”
While not outselling “Twilight” or anything like that, I’m sure the book by the self-proclaimed “trans-racial” woman who was outed by her parents as white after a stint heading the Spokane chapter of the civil rights organization probably found a small but dedicated audience who read it as unintentional comedy.
Whatever the sales may have been, it probably wasn’t the case that Dolezal’s “only source of income was $300.00 per month in gifts from friends” at the time, which is what she told state officials.
“At one point when asked as to how she was paying her bills, she reported, ‘Barely! With help from friends and gifts,'” KHQ reported.
“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.”
Firstly, before we go on, can you think of anything that belongs on an episode of “Portlandia” more than the words “soap making, doll making, and the sale of her art” being used to describe someone’s source of income?
While Dolezal/Diallo did report a “change of circumstance” during the investigation regarding a one-time $20,000 payment, she still refused to own up to discrepancies regarding the money in her bank account or that she earned, at one point asking investigators, “What discrepancies?”
Between August of 2015 — just two months after she resigned her position with the Spokane NAACP — and November of 2017, the state alleges she stole $8,847 in welfare payments.
“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.”
Yeah, I’d say so.
The case of Rachel Dolezal/Nkechi Diallo proves one thing. In America, you can change your name. You can apparently even change your race, at least on paper, if you want a job with the NAACP and think that you’re “trans-racial.” If these allegations are true, however, they show that you can’t really change who you are if you don’t make a significant effort in that direction.
Dolezal/Diallo/whatever has long been a huckster desperate for attention and/or remuneration, as anyone who saw her dumpster fire on Netflix can attest to.
She’s still out to scam as much money as possible as she can — including, it appears, your taxpayer dollars.
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