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'Octomom' heading to court to face welfare fraud charges

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  • Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged Nadya Suleman with welfare fraud. The district attorney's office said on Monday that Suleman failed to report nearly $30,000 in earnings while applying for public assistance last year. Suleman gained fame when she gave birth to octuplets in 2009.

      Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged Nadya Suleman with welfare fraud. The district attorney's office said on Monday that Suleman failed to report nearly $30,000 in earnings while applying for public assistance last year. Suleman gained fame when she gave birth to octuplets in 2009.
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LOS ANGELES -- "Octomom" Nadya Suleman is headed to court to face charges of failing to report $30,000 that authorities say she was earning when she applied for public assistance benefits.

The 38-year-old mother of 14 children is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court on three counts of welfare fraud.

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Authorities say Suleman failed to disclose residuals from videos and money she was paid for personal appearances when she applied for welfare last year.

She is charged with one count of aid by misrepresentation and two counts of perjury by false application. If convicted, she could face five years and eight months in prison.

Suleman, who has moved frequently in recent years, could not be located for comment, and information on an attorney wasn't immediately available.

Suleman, whose real name is Natalie Denise Suleman, shot to fame on Jan. 26, 2009, when she gave birth at a Southern California hospital to eight children, who quickly became the world's longest surviving octuplets.

Like her six older children, they were all conceived by in vitro fertilization. She has never disclosed the identity of the father.

After learning that her physician had actually implanted 12 embryos in her womb, the state Medical Board revoked his license.

Almost from the beginning she struggled to support the additional children. She defaulted on payments on a house she bought in 2010 and the lender foreclosed.

She's found ways to make money: doing a porn video, posing topless for various publications, dancing in a Florida strip club and taking part in so-called celebrity boxing matches. 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.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals paid Suleman $5,000 and gave her a month's supply of vegetarian hot dogs and hamburgers in 2010 for endorsing birth control for dogs and cats.

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