Rachael Dolezal is a former NAACP chapter leader who resigned from her post in 2015 after it was discovered that in reality, she was born of white parentage. Now, after going through a name change, Dolezal is Nkechi Diallo, and she stands accused of another kind of fraud. According to the Time Magazine, she has apparently been charged with theft, welfare fraud, perjury and use of false verification for purposes of obtaining public assistance in connection with about $8,847 of food and child welfare assistance from 2015 to 2017.
An investigation into Diallo began after she published a book. An investigator suspected that she had received an advance against royalties on the book of between $10,000 and $20,000. She later deposited about $84,000 into her bank account from proceeds of the sale of the book, gifts, sales of her art and other endeavors which she failed to report. That income would have made her ineligible for the benefits that she received. She reported that she was only earning about $500 per month from child support and some help from some friends. She claims to have fully cooperated with investigators, but she reportedly terminated an interview with them because she had not been given any Miranda warnings. Along with the criminal charges that carry up to 15 years in prison, the State of Washington is also seeking restitution.
Nkechi Diallo is originally from Troy, Montana. Her parents were devout Christians who adopted four black children. After becoming divorced, she began identifying herself as black. The racial claim worked for her up until about three years ago when her parents declared that she had been born white. She had been presenting herself as a black activist in and around Spokane. She subsequently resigned as the leader of the Spokane area NAACP, booted from a public ombudsman position and terminated from teaching African studies at Eastern Washington University. The case against Nkechi Diallo is set for arraignment on June 6, 2018.