Rachel Dolezal, the former Washington state NAACP activist who was outed as a white woman who pretended to be black, agreed to a plea deal on welfare fraud charges, according to The Spokesman-Review.

Dolezal, who changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, was charged in May with theft by welfare fraud and false identity verification in applying for public assistance. Court documents showed she illegally received $8,747 in government food assistance and another $100 in child care assistance between 2015 and 2017. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Dolezal will repay the money and serve 120 hours of community service under the plea deal to avoid a trial. 

“I think that this is a fair resolution of the case,” her attorney, Bevan Maxey, told The Spokesman-Review on Thursday. “I don’t think it was Ms. Diallo’s intent to defraud anyone. I think this will allow her to move forward in her life.

“She’s a very intelligent and creative woman, and I hope that she can put this behind her.”

Investigators first began investigating Dolezal’s finances in 2017 after she wrote a book detailing what she calls her “trans-racial” identity. Dolezal reportedly deposited $84,000 into her bank account over a two-year period without disclosing it to the Department of Social and Health Services.

It was reported in early 2017 that she was without a job and facing homelessness after she was fired from the NAACP and her position at Eastern Washington University.

Dolezal became an international sensation in 2015 after her parents told reporters that she was merely passing off as a black activist in Spokane when she was, in fact, white.