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Nadya Suleman Charged With Welfare Fraud

January 14, 2014

USA Today

Nadya Suleman, the Octomom. 2010 photo by Damian Dovarganes, AP

Nadya Suleman, who gained fame as "Octomom" after giving birth to eight babies, was charged with welfare fraud after failing to report $30,000 in earnings while she collected public assistance, authorities said Monday.

Suleman, 38, whose real name is Natalie Suleman, was ordered to appear in court Friday, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. She was not immediately taken into custody.

Suleman was charged Jan.6 with one count of aid by misrepresentation and two counts of perjury by false application. If convicted, she could face up to five years and eight months in jail.

The single mother has tried to support her huge family in a variety of ways, including endorsing birth control for pets, making a pornographic video, posing for semi-nude photo shoots and participating in celebrity boxing matches.

Suleman was already the mother of six when she gave birth to octuplets on Jan. 26, 2009.

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