Rachel Dolezal Arrested on Welfare Fraud Charges, Could Spend Up to 15 Years in Prison

Rachel Dolezal is making the headlines again, this time it is for fraud charges.

According to USA Today, the American woman who broke the internet in 2015 for pretending to be black, reported  to jail Monday for a procedural booking photo and fingerprints after she was arrested and charged with committing welfare fraud.

Dolezal changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016 after she decided to identify with the black race, and her story stirred major conversation on race all over the world.

Now, she could face up to 15 years in prison for illegally receiving thousands of dollars in public assistance, says USA Today, which adds that she is charged with first degree theft by welfare fraud, making false verification and second degree perjury.

However, she pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Her recent travails started after an investigator began looking into Dolezal after she wrote a book and made public statements that she was receiving public assistance.

Here’s what USA Today said of the case:

“Between Aug. 1, 2015, and Nov. 30, 2017, she received public assistance when she was not entitled to it, according to court documents. Court documents claim she illegally received more than $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in child care assistance.

Her book, “In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World,” made government agencies doubtful that her monthly income was less than $500. An investigation found Dolezal deposited about $83,924 into her bank account in several monthly installments between August 2015 and September 2017. She did not report this money to the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.”

Her trial is set for Sept.10

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