A former leader of the NAACP, a white woman who once sued a university over alleged anti-white discrimination but then later claimed to be black, was booked into jail and released on counts stemming from an alleged welfare-fraud scheme.
According to KREM-TV, Rachel Dolezal, now known as Nkechi Diallo, was booked into the Spokane County jail Monday on counts of first-degree theft by welfare fraud, making false verification and second-degree perjury.
USA Today reported she could face up to 15 years in prison for receiving thousands of dollars in public assistance illegally.
Between Aug. 1, 2015, and Nov. 30, 2017, she obtained public assistance when she was not entitled to it, prosecutors contend.
Court documents claim she illegally received more than $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in child care assistance.
She was receiving income from a book while claiming her monthly income was less than $500, and authorities investigated.
They discovered Dolezal deposited nearly $84,000 into her bank account in monthly installments from late 2015 to about the same time in 2017.
That income was not, however, reported.
During her teen years, she was blond with pale white skin. But she later began to “identify” as transracial, then biracial and then black, eventually becoming president of the NAACP in Spokane, Washington.
WND reported in 2015 when she resigned her NAACP post shortly after her parents outed her as white.
The Smoking Gun reported Dolezal sued Howard University in 2002 for discriminating against her for being white. She claimed retaliation based on her race, gender, pregnancy and family responsibilities, saying she had been denied teaching positions and scholarship aid. She also complained that some of her artwork had been removed from an exhibition because black students were being favored. A judge, and subsequently an appeals court, found no basis for her claims.
As recently as last year, she told reporters she identified as black, even though she was Caucasian biologically.