Mon., 9:08 pm: ‘Octomom’ charged with welfare fraud in California
LOS ANGELES – Octomom Nadya Suleman did porn films, boxed D-list celebrities, even endorsed birth control for dogs after giving birth in 2009 to eight babies after she received in vitro fertility treatments.
Through it all, she never ran afoul of the law. At least until now.
today, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office announced Suleman has been charged with three counts of welfare fraud.
Authorities say the 38-year-old single mother of 14 children failed to report $30,000 she earned while collecting public assistance money.
Suleman, who was charged 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, she 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 Fischer, 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 today. There was no phone listing for the Orange County home where she has recently been living.