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California 'Octomom' pleads not guilty to welfare fraud

Published on Jan 18, 2014 8:32 AM

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - "Octomom" Nadya Suleman, the California single mother of 14 children including octuplets, pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles on Friday to charges that she lied about her income when filing for public assistance.

Ms Suleman, who became a media sensation five years ago after giving birth to octuplets conceived through in-vitro fertilisation, is accused of failing to report nearly US$30,000 (S$38,000) in earnings after applying for welfare in January 2013.

Wearing a dark blazer and with her black hair in a bun, the 38-year-old Ms Suleman stood beside her attorney in Los Angeles County Superior Court as she entered her plea.

She has been charged with a single count of aid by misrepresentation and two counts of perjury by false application for aid.

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