‘Octomom’ Nadya Suleman due in court on welfare fraud charges
‘Octomom’ could get is accused of welfare fraud.
“Octomom” Nadya Suleman is due in court Friday to answer to charges that she illegally received $16,481 in welfare payments by failing to disclose nearly $30,000 in income from personal appearances and video royalties.
According to a criminal complaint filed by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, Suleman, who has 14 children, illegally received $6,667 from the CalWorks financial assistance program and $9,814 from the CalFresh food aid program during the first six months of 2013.
Prosecutors have charged her with one count of aid by misrepresentation and two counts of perjury by false application for aid. The charges carry a maximum sentence of five years and eight months in custody.
Suleman, 38, drew international attention in 2009 as only the second U.S. woman to deliver a healthy set of octuplets. She was widely criticized because she had used in vitro fertilization to become pregnant and was on public assistance at the time.
Prosecutors on Friday are expected to ask that bail for Suleman be set at $25,000. She has not been arrested.
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