"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.