Rachel Dolezal Faces Felony Charges of Welfare Fraud in Washington State

Friday, 25 May, 2018

Authorities who are charging Dolezal with welfare fraud say the controversial personality illegally received $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in child care assistance from August 2015 through November 2017.

Dolezal has been accused of first-degree theft by welfare fraud, second-degree perjury and false verification for public assistance. 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.

When asked how she was paying her living expenses, she was quoted in the documents saying, "Barely!"

However, subpoenaed records allegedly revealed bank statements showing Dolezal deposited almost $84,000 into her bank account during the same period she was receiving public assistance. "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", KHQ wrote.

According to the documents, Dolezal did submitted a "change of circumstance" to DSHS, insisting she received a one-tie payment of $20,000 in October 2017, but failed to make mention of any additional earnings.

Then, Dolezal reportedly told the investigator that "she did not have to answer", cutting the interview short.

If convicted, she faces as many as 15 years in prison.

Dolezal is the subject of a Netflix documentary called "The Rachel Divide", which was released in April. In the film, DOlezal made several references to the fact that she was having a hard time finding work and relied on her in-home hair salon to pay her bills.

She said in 2017 that while she might be "Caucasian biologically" she nevertheless "had an authentic black identity". "This is known as an Intentional Program Violation", says the court documents.