Former NAACP leader who posed as black woman accused of welfare fraud

Activist Rachel Dolezal leaves the 'Today Show' taping at the NBC Rockefeller Center Studios

Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who passed as black and led an NAACP chapter, is facing a lengthy prison term on welfare fraud charges.

Court documents allege Dolezal, who has legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo, illegally received $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in child care assistance starting in August 2015 up until November 2017.

In addition to her book, Ms. Dolezal had also created a line of artwork, soaps and handmade dolls - which she also did not disclose to the state, according to court documents. Until now, Dolezal had been reporting an income less than $500 a month, which came from child support payments. As the investigation continued, her bank statements showed over $83,000 had been deposited into her account between August 2015 and August 2017. She resigned from the NAACP in June 2015 when her parents revealed she was actually white, and claimed that since then she had been unemployed and unable to find work, the Spokesman-Review reported.

News of Dolezal's charges doesn't come as much of a surprise as she has already had a controversial past.

Dolezal was called in for an interview with an investigator in April during which she was informed that the investigation was about her "discrepancies in reporting".

After years of civil rights activism, Dolezal's parents told reporters that she had merely posed as being African American. Dolezal did not answer and instead walked off-camera. Dolezal did report a "change of circumstance" to the state agency, saying she did a one-time job in October 2017 worth $20,000, according to court documents. The beleaguered activist has now been accused of committing welfare fraud when she applied for public assistance past year, according to the Hill. 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 objective.

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