Octomom pleads no contest to welfare fraud

2014-07-14 22:36
Nadya Suleman (Picture: AP)

Nadya Suleman (Picture: AP)

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Los Angeles - "Octomom" Nadya Suleman pleaded no contest on Monday to a single count of misdemeanour welfare fraud for failing to disclose income she was receiving from videos and personal appearances while collecting more than $26 000 in public assistance funds to care for her 14 children.

Suleman became famous in 2009 by giving birth to eight children who quickly became the world's longest-surviving octuplets. Like their six older siblings, the octuplets were conceived by in-vitro fertilization. Suleman has never revealed their father's identity.

Suleman was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and two years of probation, and ordered to pay a small fine. Her attorney, Arthur J LaCilento, said that with financial help from friends, his client has already repaid the county welfare system.

Suleman, 39, originally faced four felony counts and could have been sentenced to more than six years in jail.

Suleman has struggled to support her children, resorting to earning money by doing a porn video, posing topless for different publications, dancing in a strip club and taking part in boxing matches with D-list celebrities.

Facing economic challenges last year, she applied for welfare benefits and collected $26 286 that she wasn't entitled to, authorities say.

The district attorney's office said she has since repaid $9 805 to the California Department of Health Care Services and $16 481 to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services.

Suleman has shielded her children from public view since the octuplets were born.

- AP
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