Yet Another Welfare Fraud Charge for Octomom
Authorities say Nadya Suleman now owes the state $26K
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 6, 2014 10:19 AM CST
In this Jan. 17, 2014 file photo, Nadya Suleman appears in a Los Angeles Superior courtroom, where she pleaded not guilty to welfare fraud.    (Al Seib)

(Newser) – "Octomom" Nadya Suleman was charged with a fourth count of welfare fraud yesterday after prosecutors said they discovered she wrongly collected an additional $10,000 in benefits from the state. When the single mother of 14 children was charged last month with three counts of fraud, authorities said she didn't disclose about $30,000 in earnings from videos and personal appearances when she applied for welfare last year. At the time, they said Suleman owed the state about $16,000. With yesterday's charge, that amount rises to about $26,000.

Suleman, 38, was released on her own recognizance after she pleaded not guilty to the original charges. She has been ordered to return to court March 11 for a pretrial hearing, and the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said she would be arraigned on the fourth count then. Although she could face as much as six years and four months in jail, Deputy District Attorney William Clark said last month it was unlikely she'd serve that much time, if any. "She's got 14 children. We'll try and work out a deal for her," he told reporters.

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KDickley
Feb 13, 2014 9:03 PM CST
It must be nice to have honest citizens pay for your every whim. I'm tired of all these democrat welfare leeches draining the states' coffers.
CentristIntelligence
Feb 10, 2014 10:10 AM CST
Kill it with fire!
Rational.-Anarchist
Feb 7, 2014 6:54 PM CST
Anyone with 14 kids should be in jail anyway until she learns how to use birth control or keep her legs together!