Rachel Dolezal facing 15 years in prison for her "white" lies

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Spokane A former civil rights leader who became notorious after falsely claiming to be African-American has been charged with welfare fraud.

According to court documents, Diallo illegally received $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in child care assistance from August 2015 through November 2017.

The probe into Diallo began last March after her autobiography, "In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World", was published. According to court documents reported by Washington state news outlet KXLY, a subpoena was issued to obtain Dolezal's financial records, including bank statements, dating back three years.

The money, court filings said, came from her book and speaking engagements, soap making, doll making and artwork sales.

Dolezal came to national attention in 2015 after her family revealed she'd been presenting herself as a black woman for years, even though they said she was born white.

- lil bougie vert (@kaytbaybeee)Rachel Dolezal now that she's facing charges.

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Rachel Dolezal, pictured here in 2009, changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016.

She did actually report a change of circumstance, KHQ-TV reported, of a job in October 2017 that paid $20,000.

When she was outed as a white woman in 2015, Dolezal lost her position as head of the NAACP in Spokane and was removed from a police ombudsman commission.

The spotlight brought more scrutiny, as it often does *cough*Trump*cough*, and someone at the Department of Social and Health Services noticed gurl had a book deal but only reported $300/month income. Huh?

A subpoena requesting her self-employment and banking records was served previous year, and she complied with it, according to court records.

Investigators met her April 26 for an interview, but she declined to waive her rights and concluded the interview, according to the documents. She chose to become publicly black years later, after a divorce. She was also the subject of a Netflix documentary entitled, 'The Rachel Divide'. She is expected to face arraignment on June 6.

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