Nadya Suleman, better known as “Octomom”, has evaded jail time after pleading no contest in response to four felony charges, including welfare fraud and perjury.
The mother of 14 found herself in hot water after collecting thousands of dollars in public assistance from the state of California while not declaring income earned through cashing in on her fame.
Activities included paid public appearances, topless dancing, and even making an adult film. Suleman was at the same time collecting welfare checks, insisting that she wasn't bringing in enough income to support herself and her numerous children.
There was an investigation launched following an anonymous tip and Suleman was charged in January.
The 39-year-old settled the case after paying back $26,000 to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services and California Department of Health Care Services.
— KSLA News 12 (@KSLA) July 15, 2014
This is close to the approximately $30,000 that Suleman is said to have earned during the first half of 2013.
If Suleman had disclosed the amount of money she earned upfront, then she would not have been eligible to receive public assistance.
Suleman paid the money as part of a plea deal, which allows her to avoid serving time in prison. Instead “Octomom” was sentenced to two years of probation and must serve 200 hours of community service.
— Canoe (@Canoe) July 14, 2014
Suleman first rose to fame when in 2009 she successfully gave birth to octuplets (eight children at once). Amazement gave way to public outcry when it was learned that Suleman already was the mother of several children that she could not afford.
It was widely believed that “Octomom” had given birth the extra children for the sake of fame and fortune.
— dailyFIRSTPAGES (@entDFP) July 14, 2014
Since becoming a Z-list celebrity, Suleman has attempted to use her notoriety to earn enough money to support herself and her many children.
Unfortunately for Suleman, she made too much money for the public assistance. Since paying back the money, many wonder whether or not the single mother of more than a dozen will have the means to care for her children after all.
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