​Octomom Charged With 3 Counts Welfare Fraud​​

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January 14, 2021

Octomom Nadya Suleman has been charged with welfare fraud, according to a statement on Jan. 13 by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Authorities say the 38-year-old single mother of 14 children failed to report $30,000 she earned.

The Octomom was charged after an investigation by the Welfare Fraud Prevention department in California. Suleman, who was charged on Jan. 6, was not immediately taken into custody but was ordered to appear in court on Friday. Prosecutors planned to ask that bail be set at $25,000.

If convicted, Suleman could be sentenced to nearly six years in prison.

“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,” the district attorney’s office said in a statement.

Authorities didn’t say what the personal appearances or videos involved, but it’s no secret Suleman has made at least one porn video, posed topless for various publications, danced in a Florida strip club and taken part in so-called celebrity boxing matches as she’s struggled to support her children.

One of her boxing opponents was Amy Fisher, the former “Long Island Lolita” who was 17 when she shot her much older lover’s wife in the face in 1992.

Suleman, whose real name is Natalie Denise Suleman, could not be located for comment Monday. There was no phone listing for the Orange County home where she has recently been living.

Lawyers, publicists and others who have worked with her over the years either did not respond to requests for comment or simply refused to talk about her.

All of Suleman’s children have been born by in vitro fertility treatments. She’s never named a father of any of the babies.

She’s also been careful about shielding them from media attention, but occasional video and print articles seem to indicate they are growing up healthy, even though the octuplets were born nine weeks premature.

Her older children range in age from 7 to 12.

After the octuplets were born on Jan. 26, 2009, it was discovered that her physician, Dr. Michael Kamrava, had implanted 12 embryos in her womb.

The medical community reacted with outrage, saying he grossly violated professional standards, and the state Medical Board revoked his license.

Initial offers to help quickly dried up as outrage spread about the births and knowledge that Suleman was unemployed and had been collecting welfare before the children were born.

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