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Nadya Suleman, 'Octomom,' Charged With Welfare Fraud

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Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014 07:43 AM

By Clyde Hughes

Nadya Suleman, better known as "Octomom," is facing welfare fraud charges in California that could land her in prison for up to five years.

Los Angeles prosecutors claimed in their Jan. 6 filing in Los Angeles County Superior Court that she collected welfare benefits for her and her 14 children without revealing her income from appearances and videos, according to People magazine. 

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According to a court document published on The Smoking Gun, Suleman, 38, received $16,481 in welfare benefits in 2013, $10,000 of which was from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. She reportedly did not tell state officials about the $30,000 she made during the first six months of the year. 

Suleman's attorney Jeff Czech told People that he was unaware of the charges and could not comment.

Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey told USA Today that the felony complaint against Suleman, which was released publicly Monday, ordered Octomom to appear for arraignment Friday. Prosecutors will ask for $25,000 bail.

Authorities did not point out which specific income was not reported, but Suleman made a well-publicized porn video, posed topless for various publications, danced in a Florida strip club and took part in boxing matches to support her children. 

TMZ reported last March that officials began investigating Suleman for her income after receiving an anonymous tip. The source said that Suleman received welfare benefits despite making nearly $200,000 in 2012.

People reported in 2012 that Suleman filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, listing $50,000 in assets against $1 million in debts. Her bankruptcy at that time included creditors like Verizon Wireless, Sparkletts, Indy Mac Mortgage, Orkin Pest Control, the Department of Motor Vehicles, a Christian school, and the gas, electric and water utilities.

Suleman came into the limelight in 2009, after she gave birth to eight children at one time on Jan. 26. Her physician, Dr. Michael Kamrava, had implanted 12 embryos in her womb and later lost his medical license.

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