Back in January Nadya Suleman, known as the “Octomom” because she had 8 children at once, was charged with welfare fraud for illegally receiving $16,481 in payments. Well on top of the charges against her back then she recently had new charges brought against her.
Prosecutors said that if convicted of the original charges she could face over 5 years in prison. She allegedly failed to report $30,000 in income that she earned through video royalties and personal appearances which brought the charges of one count of aid by misrepresentation and two counts of perjury by false application for aid against her.
The criminal complaint alleged that she illegally received $9,814 from the CalFresh food aid program and another $6,667 from the CalWorks financial aid program within the first six months of 2013.
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The latest charges against her came in the beginning of February and allege that she additionally received another $10,000 in aid illegally. The additional money was obtained through the MediCal program and brings the total amount of restitution being sought by the state to $26,000, according to Los Angeles County prosecutors.
Her next court appearance is set for March 11 for arraignment on the latest charge. If convicted on all of the charges she faces a maximum penalty of up to 6 years and 4 months in jail.
Suleman’s claim to fame initially came when she was the second woman ever to deliver a healthy set of octuplets back in 2009. She now has 14 children as a result and has been widely criticized for using in-vitro fertilization to become pregnant while on public assistance.
She filed bankruptcy in May of 2-13 but the judge threw the case out of court because of paperwork issues.
Her work in various adult films and at a strip club in Florida is where the alleged income was earned. She has turned to the adult film industry in order to “build a future” for her children., although she claims that she’ll “never touch another person’s flesh” in the films.
She hopes that her efforts will allow her to become a role model for other women who find themselves in such situations where they’re struggling. “I’ve got to win the battle,” she said. “But right now, people don’t understand that.” She hopes that one day she’ll be able to build a “business empire” to be able to house, feed, and put her 14 children through college.
We can all be reassured knowing she thinks that having 14 children while on public assistance, then committing fraud, is setting a good example for other women to follow.
What do you think, should she be put in jail for what she did? Sound off in the comments!