Nadya Suleman, the woman known as “Octomom,” who made news when she gave birth to octuplets in 2009, has been charged with welfare fraud, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Monday.
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Suleman, whose full name is Natalie Denise Suleman, allegedly failed to report nearly $30,000 in earnings.
Suleman was initially charged Jan. 6 with one count of aid by misrepresentation and two counts of perjury by false application for aid.
Deputy District Attorney William Clark with the Public Assistance Fraud Division are prosecuting the case.
Suleman filed for public assistance in Lancaster in January 2013. She moved from Orange County to Palmdale in October 2012, according to the complaint.
While applying for public aid, the mother of 14 children allegedly failed to disclose that she was also getting checks for personal appearances and residuals from videos. She allegedly failed to report the extra income she earned between Jan. 1 and June 30.
Suleman has appeared on television several times since the birth of her octuplets, who will five this month.
She appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2010, posed in tabloid photo spreads, promoted spaying and neutering for an animal rights group and participated in a celebrity boxing match.
In a March 2012 interview, Suleman’s lawyer Jeff Czech said that the mother of 14 was struggling financially and posed for a semi-nude photoshoot with British magazine “Closer” to help make ends meet.
She is scheduled to be arraigned Friday at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles.
Prosecutors will ask that her bail be set at $25,000, according to the District Attorney’s office.
If convicted of welfare fraud, Suleman faces up to five years, eight months in custody.
NBC Los Angeles contributed to this report.
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Nadya Suleman, also known as “Octomom,” has been charged with welfare fraud for allegedly failing to report nearly $30,000 in earnings, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
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