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'Octomom' Nadya Suleman charged with welfare fraud

By Kyle Johnson,

Nadya Suleman, best known as the "Octomom," was charged on Monday for welfare fraud after she failed to report almost $30,000 in earnings from the first half of 2013.

Deputy Dist. Atty. William Clark alleges that Suleman filed for welfare early last year, but didn't properly disclose money she had made through royalties and appearances, reports the Los Angeles Times. If found guilty, the Octomom could spend up to five years and eight months in prison.

The mother of 14 received a combined total of $16,481 through welfare in a combination of a CalWorks financial assistance program and CalFresh food aid program. Prosecutors will likely want the bail for Suleman set at $25,000 when she goes for arraignment on Friday.

According to USA Today, the 38-year-old mother is best known for giving birth to octuplets five years ago. The eight children were born through in-vitro fertilization. The media attention caught the eye of the California state medical board who revoked the license of her doctor at the time.

Since giving birth to octuplets, Suleman filed for bankruptcy in 2012, as well as appearing in an adult film that year, while also posing for a magazine.

 
 

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