‘Octomom’ charged with welfare fraud
Posted Jan 13, 2014 4:05 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
A California woman famous for being the mother of octuplets is facing a felony welfare fraud case, accused of failing to report $30,000 in income last year from personal appearances and residual payments for videos.
"Octomom" Natalie Denise "Nadya" Suleman, 38, was charged by the Los Angeles district attorney's office last week with perjury by false application and aid by misrepresentation, according to the Associated Press, CBS Los Angeles, KTLA and TMZ.
In addition to the eight children to whom she gave birth in 2009, Suleman has six other children. She has repeatedly been a magnet for controversy in her attempts to earn money to support her family. In 2012, she filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Los Angeles, E! News reported at the time.
She hasn't been arrested in the welfare fraud case but is required to appear in court Friday. If convicted, she could get as much as five years and eight months in prison.
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