Rachel Dolezal Has Been Booked And Released From Jail Over Welfare Fraud Charges

Colin Mulvany—AP

Paula Rogo Jul, 03, 2018

Rachel Dolezal reported to jail on Monday to be booked after pleading not guilty to welfare fraud last month.

Dolezal, who now goes by Nkechi Diallo, reported to the Spokane County jail for a procedural booking photo and fingerprints, and was then released, KREM reports.

Dolezal is fighting charges connected to income she made from her book, “In Full Color”, while also receiving welfare benefits, the New York Daily News reports. She is facing a 15-year prison sentence.

According to court documents, Dolezal illegally received over $8,000 in food and child care assistance while depositing nearly $84,000 over a two year period from her book sales, speaking engagements, and artwork sales. 

She is charged with first-degree theft by welfare fraud, second-degree perjury and false verification for public assistance. Dolezal has denied the charges, saying that she “fully disclosed her information.”

Dolezal entered national infamy after being outed for lying about her racial identity in 2015. She has recently been earning money through her hair braiding services.

A trial date has been set for Sept. 10.

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