“Octomom” Nadya Suleman, who became a public figure back in 2009 when she gave birth to octuplets, could serve jail time for allegedly failing to disclose nearly $30,000 in earnings when she applied for welfare last year, prosecutors announced Monday.
“Octomom” Nadya Suleman rose to fame after she was the second U.S. woman to deliver a healthy set of octuplets. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said prosecutors recently charged her with one count of aid by misrepresentation and two counts of perjury by false application for aid per LA Times.Suleman, 38, has a combined total of 14 children. She filed for welfare in Lancaster in January and February of last year, but in the following months did not report all of her income from personal appearances and video royalties, Deputy District Attorney William Clark said in a criminal complaint.
The maximum sentence these charges can carry is five years, eight months in custody. Suleman was not arrested, but is scheduled to appear in court for arraignment Friday.
The criminal complaint states that Suleman illegally received $16,481in welfare payments – 6,667 from the CalWorks financial assistance program and $9814 from the CalFresh food aid program – during the first six months of 2013.
After her octuplets were born, Suleman, who is a single mother, was widely scrutinized for using in vitro fertilization to become pregnant. She was on public assistance at the time of her pregnancy.
Michael Kamrava, Suleman’s fertility doctor, later had his medical license revoked by the state medical board. The panel ruled that Kamrava “did not exercise sound judgment” in the transfer of 12 embryos to Suleman.
It probably isn’t a surprise to most that “Octomom” Nadya Suleman has found herself at the center of yet another controversy. She has spoken publicly with Dr. Drew on her troubled past and difficult childhood.