Octomom Nadya Suleman Facing Additional Count of Welfare Fraud
An additional charge of welfare fraud was filed Wednesday against Nadya Suleman, also known as Octomom, after she allegedly received nearly $10,000 in MediCal benefits she was not entitled to, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Suleman, whose real name is Natalie Denise Suleman, was set to be arraigned on the amended complaint during her next court appearance which was scheduled for March 11, prosecutors said.
The mother of 14 was accused of not disclosing income she received for personal appearances and residuals from videos when she filed for public assistance in Lancaster in January 2013.
The earnings reportedly totaled about $30,000, which meant Suleman was not entitled to some of the government assistance she received, prosecutors said.
Suleman was charged on Jan. 6 with one count of aid by misrepresentation and two counts of perjury by false application for aid, according to a news release by the DA’s Office. Both charges are felonies.
With the latest count, the amount of restitution sought from Suleman was now $26,286.29.
If convicted on all charges, Suleman could face up to six years, four months in jail.