Octomom: Welfare Fraud Officials Investigating Nadya Suleman

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Monday, 10 Jun 2013 12:27 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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Welfare fraud officials have obtained a search warrant to seize Nadya Suleman's financial records as they seek to prove that the Octomom has been manipulating the system and stealing taxpayers' money.

The Los Angeles County Department of Welfare Fraud Prevention opened an investigation on Octomom in March after receiving tips that claimed she continued to receive various forms of welfare, including food stamps, even though she made nearly $200,000 in 2012.

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.

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The warrant reportedly specifies two locations where Suleman's financial records are kept — her home and her business manager's office.

Twitter users angrily spoke out about Suleman's supposed misuse of the system.

Some reports said Octomom 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.

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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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