The Tabboun: Octomom Nadya Suleman charged with welfare fraud
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Nadya Suleman, who gave birth to a record 14 children including octuplets (eight children), was charged in Los Angeles with Welfare fraud. Prosecutors allege that she failed to disclose more than $30,000 she earned while receiving welfare. The $30,000 came in the form of video royalty payments, personal appearance fees, the production of a soft-porn video and a woman’s boxing match. She could face a maximum of five years and eight months imprisonment.
Suleman, 38, is of Iraqi and Assyrian heritage. Her father is Edward Daoud Suleman, who reportedly served in the Iraqi military. Her mother is Angela Victoria Suleman, a retired school teacher.
To pay for the cost of raising 14 children, Suleman also starred in a “solo-pornography” movie. She claimed she would do anything to provide for her children.
The criminal indictment alleges that Suleman illegally received $6,667 from the CalWorks financial assistance program and $9,814 from the CalFresh food aid program during the first six months of 2013. Suleman was charged with one count of misrepresentation and two counts of perjury by submitting false aid applications.
Suleman has been the target of much criticism and has received numerous death threats because of her high profile and controversial life.
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