SPOKANE, Wash. — A Spokane County court order is amending Nkechi Diallo’s release conditions. Diallo is also known as Rachel Dolezal.
Diallo will now be allowed to leave Spokane County to see a close family friend who is in hospice with stage 4 cancer and is not expected to make it through this month. She will travel to Fox Island, Washington, for five days to see the family friend.
The former Spokane NAACP president is charged with first-degree theft by welfare fraud, making false verification and second-0degree perjury. Her trial is set for September 10.
On July 2, Diallo was booked into the Spokane County Jail and then released.
According to court documents, Rachel Dolezal obtained public assistance when she was not entitled to it between August 1, 2015 and November 30, 2017. Records said she illegally received $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in childcare assistance.
On March 23, 2017, court documents said an investigator began looking into Dolezal when it was discovered she wrote a book and she made public statements that she was receiving public assistance. Investigators reviewed her Department of Social and Health Services paperwork and found she had been reporting her only source of income was $300 a month in gifts from friends. In July 2017, she also claimed that her money was deposited into her PayPal account from people she did not know after she lost her job, according to court documents.
Then on September 1, 2017, court documents said investigators learned Dolezal had also been issued a business license under multiple trade names like Gimme Some Sugar, Living Spectrum Studios, Melanin Spectrum, Rachel Dolezal, Royal Soaps and Shine On. They also learned she had been promoting her book ‘In Full Color’ along with the sale of her art, soaps and handmade dolls, court documents said. About two weeks later, Dolezal was subpoenaed for her self-employment records which included copies of her bank statements from September 2015 to the present. Court documents said her bank statements showed Dolezal had deposited $83,924.96 in her bank account between August 2015 and September 2017.
On November 2, 2017, court documents said DSHS got a call from Dolezal to report a change of circumstances. She said she did a one-time job in October and earned $20,000.
Court documents said in March 2018, Dolezal was informed about the food assistance overpayment. Then on April 16, Dolezal was sent an interview appointment letter from DSHS investigators for April 26, 2018.