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Former Rachel Dolezal Reaches Deal to Avoid Felony Welfare Fraud

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled in 2015 after she was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black has reached an agreement to avoid trial on charges of welfare fraud.

Rachel Dolezal, who changed her name to Nkechi Diallo two years ago, was charged with two felonies last May.

Investigators alleged she failed to report tens of thousands of dollars in income from her memoir so she could collect $8,847 in food and child care assistance from the state.

The Spokesman-Review says Diallo entered into an agreement with prosecutors March 25 in Spokane County Superior Court to pay nearly $9,000 in restitution and complete 120 hours of community service to avoid a trial.

Diallo was born to white parents and grew up in Montana.

Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com


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