Octomom facing welfare fraud charges for undisclosed earnings

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Nadya Suleman, dubbed the Octomon for giving birth to octuplets in 2009, has been charged with welfare fraud for not disclosing $30,000 in earnings when she applied for public aid.

Suleman, 38, was formally charged on Jan. 6 with one count of aid by misrepresentation and two counts of perjury by false application for aid, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Monday.

According to the criminal complaint, the single mother of 14 children applied for public assistance in Lancaster in January 2013, but did not inform that she was also getting checks for personal appearances and residuals from videos from January to June 2013. During the same period, she received $16,481 in welfare payments.

Suleman is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday with the bail expected to be at $25,000. A conviction would mean at least five years of imprisonment for her.

Suleman was also in public assistance when she was pregnant with her octuplets.

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