The trial date has been set for Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP leader who pretended to be black before being unmasked as white, and is accused of welfare fraud.
The state of Washington’s case against Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, will begin in Spokane on March 4, pursuant to Judge Michelle Szambelan’s order from December 31.
Dolezal, 41, faces charges under her legal name of theft by welfare fraud, perjury and false verification for public assistance.
Court documents allege she illegally received $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in child care assistance from August 2015 through November 2017.
Court documents said she illegally received $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in child care assistance from August 2015 through November 2017. Dolezal is pictured on March 2, 2015 when she was still president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, posing for a photo in her Spokane, Washington home
Dolezal’s trial will begin in Spokane on March 4, pursuant to Judge Michelle Szambelan’s order from December 31. Judge Szambelan is pictured during a previous hearing with Dolezal
An investigation started in March 2017 when a state investigator received information that she had written her autobiography, In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World.
Documents say she had deposited nearly $84,000 into her bank account without reporting it.
She reportedly told investigators she ‘fully disclosed her information’ and declined to answer further questions.
Dolezal sparked outrage when her parents revealed she was posing as a black woman three years ago.
She came under fire once again in March after Netflix released the first trailer of her documentary.
The streaming giant was criticized for spending money to promote someone who is ‘fraudulent and problematic.’
The alleged fraud is said to have occurred from August 2015 to November 2017. Dolezal is pictured with her adopted brother, Izaiah Dolezal, (left) and her son Franklin Moore (right) in June 2015
During that same time, it’s said she deposited $80,000 from the sale of her memoir,’In Full Color,’ while claiming she was surviving on ‘a few hundred’ dollars a month that was being donated by friends. In Dolezal’s memoir, she likened being forced to do household chores as a child to indentured servitude and noted that she developed a ‘similar resourcefulness’ to what slaves were forced to develop in order for her to complete her chores. She is pictured with her son, Langston, in a photo from March 20
Dolezal’s teenage son Franklin, who is biracial, is featured in the trailer where he implores his mother to stop publicizing her beliefs.
‘I resent some of her choices and I resent some of the words she has spoken in interviews,’ Franklin said during the documentary’s trailer.
Netflix also submitted her documentary, The Rachel Divide, to the Tribeca Film Festival, which took place in April.
Dolezal is a former civil rights activist and African studies instructor.
In June 2015, Dolezal’s parents — with whom she has long feuded — revealed to the media that she was born white, but was presenting herself as a black activist in Spokane.
After the story became an international sensation, Dolezal was fired from her job at the NAACP.
Dolezal was also kicked off a police ombudsman commission and lost her job teaching African studies at Eastern Washington University in nearby Cheney.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail – STEPHANIE HANEY and VALERIE EDWARDS