Octomom Charged With Another Felony After Receiving Nearly $10K In MediCal Benefits
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — “Octomom” Nadya Suleman was charged Wednesday with another felony count in a welfare fraud case, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office officials said.
Suleman, whose real name is Natalie Denise Suleman, will be arraigned on the amended complaint at her next court appearance on March 11.
The complaint against the 38-year-old mother of 14 – including octuplets — was amended after she received nearly $10,000 in MediCal benefits she wasn’t entitled to, officials said. Suleman was previously charged with one count of aid by misrepresentation and two counts of perjury by false application for aid.
Suleman filed for public assistance in Lancaster in January 2013, according to the criminal complaint. However, Suleman allegedly failed to disclose that she was also receiving checks for personal appearances and residuals from videos while applying for aid.
Prosecutors say Suleman failed to report the extra income she earned between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2013. With the latest count, the amount of restitution sought from Suleman is now $26,286.29, the District Attorney’s Office said.
If convicted on all four counts, Suleman faces up to six years and four months in jail.