ExNAACP chief who posed as black pleads not guilty to fraud

first_imgSPOKANE — A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black pleaded not guilty to welfare fraud on Wednesday.Nkechi Diallo, formerly known as Rachel Dolezal, made a brief appearance in Spokane County Superior Court.State charges of welfare fraud and false verification for public assistance are related to income she received from a book and other sources while also receiving welfare benefits, prosecutors said.Superior Court Judge James Triplet ordered that she remain free on her own recognizance and set her trial date for Sept. 10.Diallo did not talk to reporters after the brief hearing. Her lawyers also declined comment.She resigned as head of Spokane’s NAACP chapter in 2015 when it was revealed she was born to white parents and raised in rural Montana.The welfare fraud case started in March 2017 when a state investigator received information that Diallo had written a book. The investigator reviewed Diallo’s records and found that she had been reporting her income as usually less than $500 per month, court documents said.But a subpoena of her bank statements and other records showed Diallo had deposited nearly $84,000 into her account from 2015-17, without reporting most of it to the state Department of Social and Health Services.last_img read more

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