'Octomom' Charged with Welfare Fraud

Nadya Suleman faces over five years in prison if convicted.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo

Nadya Suleman, who gained fame when she gave birth to octuplets in 2009, is due in court later this week on a welfare fraud charge for allegedly failing to report nearly $30,000 in earnings from personal appearances and video residuals, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced today.

The 38-year-old mother of 14, whose real name is Natalie Denise Suleman, was charged Jan. 6 with one count of aid by misrepresentation and two counts of perjury by false application by aid.

Prosecutors have filed a warrant for her arrest, though Suleman is not expected to be taken into custody. She has been ordered to appear in a downtown courtroom on Friday, when prosecutors plan to ask for bail to be set at $25,000.

Suleman filed for public assistance in Lancaster last January, after a stint in rehab for anxiety and exhaustion depleted her savings, her representative said then.

Prosecutors allege Suleman failed to report the extra income she earned in the first six months of 2013.

If convicted as charged, she faces up to five years and eight months behind bars.

Tom Thumb January 14, 2014 at 04:00 PM
I view two opposite political economics and the way we reproduce ourselves. One is each for themselves, with little care for the larger picture. A real Adam Smith invisible hand approach. And this also allows anyone to have 14 kids if they wish to. Of course it's hard to have universal health care for all, good public education and a less stressful life. The other opposite would be an economy that has these good programs that are part of the human infrastructure, but I feel it would have to limit the individuals choice to have a maximum of 3 children. And this could be done with societal pressure, as was done with cigarettes, and maybe with tax/credit incentives.
Shripathi Kamath January 14, 2014 at 05:38 PM
Who's going to tell the religious ones who want to be fruitful and multiply? Especially when you want to incentivize with tax/credits. People get outraged when one *asks* them to conserve, because freedumbs. What do you think would happen when you *tell* them? Until you get rid of long held social norms (I do not think it is a bad idea), societal pressure will be non-existent. Except used to mock "welfare queens" and minorities. By families that hold the Duggars in high esteem.
Tom Thumb January 14, 2014 at 09:46 PM
This old religion where it says to be fruitful and multiply, and subdue the earth. Well, the ones who advanced the cause now in Isreal aren't multiplying like those of Islam around them are. The Palestinians are multiplying but can't subdue the earth because it's not theirs. People are ruled through division, and the biggest divide is between the more advanced sector, who have a lower birth rate but more economic power, and the opposite. Everybody talks about a more just economic distribution of power, but it is definitely not politically correct to speak on the other. Why is that? Ya, people are the best thing know in the universe, but are we so, so extraordinarily divine that condoms, for instance, are forbidden, because to stop one potential person from existing is all that, and not by the Book.
Shripathi Kamath January 15, 2014 at 01:41 AM
Way to divert, Josephine.
nobody January 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM
Hey Tom Thumb, at least this one is not from 'other civilizations'.


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