'Octomom' Charged with Welfare Fraud

Nadya Suleman, who moved from Orange County to Palmdale in October 2012, faces over five years in prison if convicted.

Nadya Suleman. Patch file photo.
Nadya Suleman. Patch file photo.

LOS ANGELES – Nadya Suleman, who gained fame when she gave birth to octuplets in 2009, is due in court later this week on a welfare-fraud charge for allegedly failing to report nearly $30,000 in earnings from personal appearances and video residuals.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Monday that the 38-year-old mother of 14 was charged Jan. 6 with one count of aid by misrepresentation and two counts of perjury by false application for aid.

Prosecutors have filed a warrant for her arrest, though Suleman is not expected to be taken into custody. She has been ordered to appear in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on Friday, when prosecutors plan to ask for bail to be set at $25,000.

Suleman moved from Orange County to Palmdale in October 2012. She filed for public assistance in Lancaster last January, after a stint in rehab for anxiety and exhaustion depleted her savings, her representative said then.

Prosecutors allege Suleman failed to report the extra income she earned in the first six months of 2013.

If convicted as charged, she faces up to five years and eight months behind bars.

Holly B January 13, 2014 at 08:10 PM
I swear, if you shook this woman's head it would sound like a bee bee in a tin can! DUMB as a STUMP! And incapable of gaging the consequences of her actions. She gets pregnant with no income, just because she wanted to. Goes to show that education does not equal intelligence.
ernesto January 13, 2014 at 10:28 PM
How about the Doctor ?
Pastori Balele January 13, 2014 at 10:51 PM
If I were judge I would never punish her with jail sentence. She has already punished herself with those kids. It's not easy to raise those kids.


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