Nadya Suleman, better known as "Octomom,"
is being investigated for welfare fraud after an unidentified person recently filed a complaint with government officials in California, TMZ reported.
The Los Angeles County Department of Welfare Fraud Prevention and Investigation is looking into claims that Octomom continued receiving various forms of welfare, including food stamps
, even though she reportedly earned nearly $200,000 in 2012.
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California law would only allow Octomom to collect welfare for herself and her 14 kids if she makes $119,000 or less each year, according to TMZ. If she were found to be abusing the system, Octomom would be prosecuted and could face up to three years in prison.
The WFPI department is in the midst of its investigation and is currently interviewing witnesses, TMZ said.
Octomom's money troubles are nothing new. Some reports said she stopped receiving government assistance in mid-2012 as she tried to make a career in the adult film business and as a stripper but went back on government aid in January 2013.
At the time, it was reported that she was receiving $1,800 per month for food and $1,000 for emergency cash. The family also received Medi-Cal benefits, along with mental health and dental payments.
In February, the Department of Child and Family Services raided her home after the agency received a complaint from a former nanny claiming Octomom used drugs, drank heavily, blacked out, and that her children lacked proper care. DCFS was unable to find sufficient evidence to substantiate the nanny's claims.
Octomom shot to instant fame in January 2009 when she gave birth to octuplets, who became the world's longest-living octuplets, but the public turned against her after discovering she already had six young children, was unemployed, and on public assistance programs. Octomom, 37, reportedly began in vitro fertilization treatments when she was just 21.
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