Rachel Dolezal Pleads Not Guilty To Welfare Fraud & Perjury Charges

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Jun. 20 2018, Updated 6:16 p.m. ET

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Rachel Dolezal has pleaded not guilty to charges of welfare fraud, making false verification, and second-degree perjury. The mom of two, who previously gained infamy when it was discovered she was a white woman portraying herself as African American, entered the plea on Wednesday morning in Spokane, Washington, KREM 2 News reported.

Rachel was once the president of Spokane’s NAACP local chapter but resigned when her family revealed she was white.

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Now, Rachel is denying allegations she failed to report her self-employment income properly, leading her to receive nearly $9,000 from the Department of Social & Health Services between 2015 and 2017, CNN reported.

According to court documents obtained by KREM 2, investigators started looking into Rachel’s financial affairs when, despite having a newly-released book, In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World, she was still making statements about receiving public assistance.

During the investigation, investigators discovered Rachel had been issued a business license and was selling art, soaps, and even handmade dolls while promoting her book. Despite reporting just $300 in gifts from friends as her monthly income, her bank statements showed she’d deposited $83,294.96 into her account between August 2015 and September 2017.

Rachel’s trial is set for September 10.

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