“Octomom” Nadya Suleman is back in the headlines today. She’s now facing a new charge of welfare fraud, bringing the total number of charges against her to 4.
The 38-year-old mother of 14 children, eight of whom are octuplets, has been accused by prosecutors of not declaring money she earned last year as a topless dancer and porn actress.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office is seeking $26, 000 in restitution after filing charges that Suleman received $10, 000 in medical benefits that she did not qualify for. Prosecutors also claim that she received $16, 481 in welfare payments for the first half of 2013 that she would have not received had she disclosed the almost $30, 000 she earned during that period of time.
However, Deputy District Attorney William Clark believes it’s unlikely that she will serve any jail time.”She’s got 14 children. We’ll try and work out a deal for her,” he told reporters.
The “Octomom” has been plagued by ongoing financial problems stemming from her struggle to provide for her exceptionally large family. As recently as 2010, she defaulted on payments for a house she bought and it went into foreclosure.
In 2009, Nadya Denise Doud-Suleman became internationally famous after giving birth to octuplets. Her octuplets are only the second full set of to be born alive in the United States. All 14 of her children were conceived via in vitro fertilization.
After giving birth, public reaction to her turned negative when it was discovered that she had already had six children, was unemployed and was also receiving public assistance.
Suleman pleaded not guilty to the initial charges of welfare fraud. She is expected to appear in court on March 11 where she will be arraigned on the amended charges.
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