Rachel Dolezal, the former head of the civil rights group in Spokane, was charged on Tuesday for theft by welfare fraud and false identity verification in applying for public assistance, NBC affiliate KHQ-TV reports.
In early 2017 it was reported that Dolezal was struggling to pay bills, jobless and facing homelessness after being dismissed from the NAACP and her position as an adjunct professor of African studies at Eastern Washington University. The investigators researched the book's publisher and learned "a typical contract would include payments of $10,000 to $20,000 as advances against later royalties", according to documents. DSHS investigator Kyle Bunge said Dolezal had claimed that "her only source of income was $300.00 per month in gifts from friends".
When asked how she was paying her living expenses, she was quoted in the documents saying, "Barely!"
Documents say she had deposited almost $84,000 into her bank account without reporting it.
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The money, court filings said, came from her book and speaking engagements, soap making, doll making and artwork sales. Dolezal responded that she had "fully disclosed her information and asked what discrepancies", the investigator said. "I was wondering whether your dad was really an African-American man", a reporter asked Ms. Dolezal, who looked perplexed and flustered.
She was outed as pretending to be African American after her carefully constructed image was shattered during an interview in 2015 when she was asked a single question: "Are you an African American?"
For someone with so many secrets to protect, Rachel Dolezal hasn't been doing a good job of keeping a low profile considering she recently starred in the Netflix documentary The Rachel Divide. According to a statement from Netflix, she was not paid for the project. She made a decision to become publicly black years later, after a divorce. Court documents that were originally obtained by KHQ-TV can be viewed here.