California's 'Octomom' charged with welfare fraud
LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Nadya Suleman, the California single mother of 14 children including octuplets who has been popularly dubbed "Octomom," has been charged with welfare fraud over accusations she lied about her income to authorities, prosecutors said on Monday.
The 38-year-old mother who became a media sensation five years ago after giving birth to octuplets conceived through in vitro fertilization, is accused of failing to report nearly US$30,000 in (S$37,961) earnings from personal appearances and residuals from videos, the Los Angeles District Attorney's office said.
Suleman, whose legal name is Natalie Denise Suleman, was charged on January 6 with a single count of aid by misrepresentation and two counts of perjury by false application for aid.
The district attorney's office said that Suleman had failed to report extra income between Jan 1, 2013 and June 30, 2013. She had filed for public assistance in Lancaster, California, in January 2013.