A former chapter leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is facing felony theft charges after it was revealed that she falsified government documents in order to illegally obtain about $9,000 in welfare cash.
The infamous Rachel Dolezal, who had previously resigned from the NAACP after her parents came forward to reveal that she isn’t even black but was just pretending to be, reportedly became the subject of an investigation by Washington state’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) not long after the publishing of her autobiography, in which she tells the bizarre story of her life as a fake black woman. (Related: Black impostor Rachel Dolezal resigns from NAACP; previously filed lawsuit against university for race discrimination.)
While Dolezal had reported that she had no income beyond a meager $300 stipend given to her by friends and family, DSHS investigator Kyle Bunge recently discovered that Dolezal had, in fact, received about $84,000 that she deposited into her bank account between August 2015 and September 2017 – none of which was properly reported, according to court documents.
It is now known that most of this money came from the sales of Dolezal’s book, as well as from other ventures during her post-NAACP endeavors. But during this same time, Dolezal claimed to be too poor to live, accepting $8,747 in food assistance from the government, as well as $100 in child care support.
Dolezal also apparently had another brief stint of employment in October 2017, during which time she earned about $20,000 in wages. But court documents indicate that this money was, in fact, reported on Dolezal’s taxes.
In case you’re not familiar with how the story began, Dolezal, a white woman, made national headlines a few years back after she curled her hair, tanned her skin, and declared herself to be black. Citing “transracial” status, Dolezal somehow squeezed her way into a position at the NAACP before having to renege on this in 2015, when it was publicly announced that she had been lying about her race.
The controversy that ensued actually turned Dolezal into a type of celebrity, affording her a documentary on Netflix called The Rachel Divide. Dolezal also created her own personal calendar that she sold on her website, and she later wrote the autobiography that would trigger the investigation into her financial situation.
While claiming that she had no job and was unable to find work, Dolezal was allegedly raking in payments of between $10,000 and $20,000 as cash advances, not to mention the royalties she would earn down the road. And all the while, Dolezal was claiming that she was “barely” surviving, and reliant on help “from friends and gifts.”
Documents reveal that Dolezal was told that she would be criminally prosecuted if she “willfully” made false statements or failed to report her earnings. She was actually called in for an interview with an investigator back in April, who informed her about her “discrepancies in reporting.” But Dolezal apparently responded by claiming that she had “fully disclosed her information and asked what discrepancies.”
As the investigator proceeded to ask more questions, Dolezal reportedly refused to answer, which has hurt her case even further. Dolezal is already despised by many for playing the race card for a race to which she doesn’t even belong. And now that it’s been revealed that she lied about her finances while accepting welfare money, things are looking even more grim for this mentally ill individual.
If convicted, Dolezal could face up to 15 years in prison and be ordered to pay back $8,887 in restitution. She would also be barred from receiving food stamps for at least a year.
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