‘Octomom’ charged with welfare fraud in California

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Octomom Nadya Suleman and her large family plus helpers launch their signature Milkshake at 'Millions of Milkshakes' on November 10, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Toby Canham/Getty Images) Image by Getty Images

‘Octomom’ charged with welfare fraud in California

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Jan 13, 2014

Nadya Suleman, who has been better known as the Octomom since giving birth to eight babies in 2009, has been charged with three counts of welfare fraud, reports ABC News and the Associated Press. 

“Authorities say the 38-year-old single mother of 14 children failed to report $30,000 she earned while collecting public assistance money,” ABC reports. She was charged on Jan. 9, and the Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced the charges Jan. 13.
She was not immediately taken into custody, but was ordered to appear in court on Friday, ABC reports, adding, “Prosecutors planned to ask that bail be set at $25,000. If convicted, she could be sentenced to nearly six years in prison.”
So what did Suleman do to run afoul of the law? “While applying for public aid, the mother of 14 children allegedly failed to disclose that she was also getting checks for personal appearances and residuals from videos," the district attorney's office said in a statement.
According to ABC, Suleman has earned money doing porn films, boxing other D-list celebrities, posing topless for various publications, dancing in a Florida strip club and even endorsing birth control for dogs. This is her first brush with the law.
“All of Suleman's children have been born by in vitro fertility treatments,” ABC reports. “She's never named a father of any of the babies.” The children range in age from the octuplets, who will turn five this month, to 12-years-old. Suleman was unemployed and on welfare before the octoplets were born.
Phyllis Stark

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Scripps Media.