The white, self-proclaimed “blacktivist” and former Spokane NAACP President Nkechi Diallo -better known as Rachel Dolezal- was booked in Washington state on Monday for a series of charges, including welfare fraud.
Diallo is accused of illegally receiving more than $8,800 in food and childcare benefits between August 2015 and November 17, earning her a felony theft charge.
In total, the charges against Diallo include first-degree theft by welfare fraud, making false verification and second-degree perjury, all of which she has since pleaded “not guilty” to.
Growing up in Montana, Diallo reportedly began to “self-identify” as a black person around 2007, after her pious parents adopted four black children. She went to Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi, before getting her Master’s Degree from Howard University, a historically black college in Washington, DC.
Diallo became a national figure in 2015, after she was discovered to be posing as a black woman during her tenure of as president of the Spokane NAACP. Operating at the time under the name Rachel Dolezal, it was soon revealed by investigators that Dolezal was a caucasian woman of German and Czech heritage with documented ancestry dating back four-hundred years.
It was also discovered that in 2014, Diallo had applied for the Spokane Office of the Police Ombudsman Commission, claiming in the application that she was partially of black ancestry. In 2015, the city opened an investigation into the matter, eventually ruling that she had acted improperly, resulting in her removal.
By 2015, the downfall of Diallo resulted in her resignation as Spokane NAACP president, the loss of her position as a columnist and the termination of her position as an African studies teacher in a local university.
According to Fox News, the welfare fraud case against her was opened in 2017 after a state investigator learned that Diallo had authored a book, titled In Full Color. While that isn’t necessarily out of the ordinary, what did stand out was what she claimed in income: a review of her records revealed she was frequently reporting her income as less than $500 a month, despite bank statements showing a 2015-2017 profit of $84,000 from book sales, speaking engagements, soap making, doll making and the sale of her art.
While Diallo had reported a one-time income bump of $20,000 in 2017, she failed to report the rest of her monetary profits, effectively stealing welfare services from the state government.
In 2016, then-Rachel Dolezal changed her name to Nkechi Diallo.
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