Octomom pleads no contest to welfare fraud

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 17: Nadya Suleman (R), also known as 'Octomom', appears in Superior Court with her attorney Arthur J. La Cilento for arraignment January 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Suleman is charged with receiving $16,481 in welfare payments illegally. (Photo by Al Seib-Pool/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 17: Nadya Suleman (R), also known as 'Octomom', appears in Superior Court with her attorney Arthur J. La Cilento for arraignment January 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Suleman is charged with receiving $16,481 in welfare payments illegally. (Photo by Al Seib-Pool/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 17: Nadya Suleman (R), also known as 'Octomom', appears in Superior Court with her attorney Arthur J. La Cilento for arraignment January 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Suleman is charged with receiving $16,481 in welfare payments illegally. (Photo by Al Seib-Pool/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 08: TV personality Nadya Suleman (R) stands onstage during Spike TV's Guys Choice 2013 at Sony Pictures Studios on June 8, 2013 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Spike TV)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 08: TV personality Nadya Suleman (R) stands onstage during Spike TV's Guys Choice 2013 at Sony Pictures Studios on June 8, 2013 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Spike TV)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: (2L-R) Bianca Del Rio, Nadya Suleman, and Milan attend 'Octomom' Nadya Suleman Celebrity Roast at XL Nightclub on October 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Norfleet/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: Nadya Suleman attends 'Octomom' Nadya Suleman Celebrity Roast at XL Nightclub on October 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Norfleet/Getty Images)
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA - JUNE 22: Nadya 'Octomom' Suleman attends the Celebrity Pillow Fight press conference and weigh in at Fox And Hound on June 22, 2012 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA - JUNE 22: (L-R) Nadya 'Octomom' Suleman, Celebrity Boxing promoter Damon Feldman and Shila from The Chio Morning Show attend the Celebrity Pillow Fight press conference and weigh in at Fox And Hound on June 22, 2012 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA - JUNE 22: Nadya 'Octomom' Suleman blows a kiss at the Celebrity Pillow Fight Press Conference and Weigh In at the Fox And Hound Pub and Grille on June 22, 2012 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA - JUNE 22: Nadya 'Octomom' Suleman poses at the Celebrity Pillow Fight Press Conference and Weigh In at the Fox And Hound Pub and Grille on June 22, 2012 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - 'Octomom' Nadya Suleman appeared today on 'The View.'. 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) NADYA SULEMAN, SHERRI SHEPHERD, ELISABETH HASSELBECK
WOODLYN, PA - FEBRUARY 15: Nadya Suleman poses at the Female Pillow Fighting Press Conference at Warehouse 24 on February 15, 2012 in Woodlyn, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 05: 'Octomom' Nadya Suleman poses backstage at the FilmOn 'Celebrity Fight Night' at Avalon on November 5, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/FilmMagic)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - AUGUST 19: Nadya Suleman attends the Celebrity Boxing Match Press Conference on August 19, 2011 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
Octomom Nadya Suleman arrives at her 36th birthday party at the House of Blues Parish Room on July 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
Nadya 'Octomom' Suleman attends Millions Of Milkshakes on November 10, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Nadya 'Octomom' Suleman and all of her children attend Millions Of Milkshakes on November 10, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Octomum Nadya Suleman and her large family plus helpers launch their signature Milkshake at 'Millions of Milkshakes' on November 10, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Toby Canham/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Nadya 'Octomom' Suleman attends Millions Of Milkshakes on November 10, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Nadya Suleman Launches Her New Milkshake at Millions Of Milkshakes on November 10, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/FilmMagic)
'Octomom' Nadya Suleman poses for photographers in front of her home in La Habra, California on May 19, 2010. Suleman who has been facing possible home forclosure agreed to display a banner for Peta who offered to give her $5,000 USD and a month's worth of free veggie dogs and veggie burgers. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
'Octomom' Nadya Suleman poses for photographers in front of her home in La Habra, California on May 19, 2010. Suleman who has been facing possible home forclosure agreed to display a banner for Peta who offered to give her $5,000 USDand a month's worth of free veggie dogs and veggie burgers. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
'Octomom' Nadya Suleman poses for photographers in front of her home in La Habra, California on May 19, 2010. Suleman who has been facing possible home forclosure agree to display a banner for Peta who offered to give her $5,000 USD and a month's worth of free veggie dogs and veggie burgers. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
'Octomom' Nadya Suleman poses for photographers in front of her home in La Habra, California on May 19, 2010. Suleman who has been facing possible home forclosure agree to display a banner for Peta who offered to give her $5,000 USD and a month's worth of free veggie dogs and veggie burgers. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 25: Television personality Nadya Suleman enters the John F. Kennedy International Airport on February 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 25: Television personality Nadya Suleman leaves her Upper West Side hotel on February 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Nadya Suleman (a.k.a.'Octomom') makes her first-ever guest appearance on 'THE VIEW,' Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. VW10 (Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images) BARBARA WALTERS,NADYA SULEMAN
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 24: Television personality Nadya 'Octomon' Suleman walks in Midtown Manhattan on February 24, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 24: (ITALY OUT, NY DAILY NEWS OUT, NY NEWSDAY OUT) Nadya Suleman leaves her hotel February 24, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
PEOPLE OF THE YEAR -- Pictured: Nadya Suleman -- NBC News' Matt Lauer speaks with the most fascinating, inspirational, heroic and notorious figures of 2009 (Photo by Justin Lubin/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LA HABRA, CA - JULY 26: Nadya Suleman sighting on July 26, 2009 in La Habra, California. (Photo by Headlinephoto/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
LA HABRA, CA - JULY 26: Nadya Suleman sighting on July 26, 2009 in La Habra, California. (Photo by Headlinephoto/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: Nadya Suleman sighting at a local park on May 06, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Mitchell/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: (R) Nadya Suleman sighting at a local park on May 06, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Mitchell/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: Nadya Suleman sighting at a local park on May 06, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Mitchell/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: Nadya Suleman sighting at a local park on May 06, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Mitchell/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
***EXCLUSIVE*** Nadya Suleman aka Octomom sighting at Ralphs on April 22, 2009 in Whittier, California. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Jason Mitchell/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
LA HABRA, CA - APRIL 01: Nadya Suleman aka Octomom with her child sighting at local park on April 01, 2009 in La Habra, Californina. (Photo by Jason Mitchell/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10: Nadya Suleman sighting at leaves her home on March 10, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Mitchell/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
**EXCLUSIVE** Nadya Suleman sighting at Target shop on March 4, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Jason Mitchell/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
TODAY -- Airdate 02/10/2009 -- Pictured: Nadya Suleman -- In an exclusive interview, NBC News' Ann Curry sat down with Nadya Suleman in her first interview since giving birth to octuplets last week. The exclusive interview will air on 'Today' on Monday, February 9th and 'Dateline' on Tuesday, February 10th at 10pm (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Airdate 02/10/2009 -- Pictured: (l-r) Nadya Suleman, Ann Curry -- In an exclusive interview, NBC News' Ann Curry sat down with Nadya Suleman in her first interview since giving birth to octuplets last week. The exclusive interview will air on 'Today' on Monday, February 9th and 'Dateline' on Tuesday, February 10th at 10pm (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Airdate 02/10/2009 -- Pictured: Nadya Suleman -- In an exclusive interview, NBC News' Ann Curry sat down with Nadya Suleman in her first interview since giving birth to octuplets last week. The exclusive interview will air on 'Today' on Monday, February 9th and 'Dateline' on Tuesday, February 10th at 10pm (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Airdate 02/10/2009 -- Pictured: Nadya Suleman -- In an exclusive interview, NBC News' Ann Curry sat down with Nadya Suleman in her first interview since giving birth to octuplets last week. The exclusive interview will air on 'Today' on Monday, February 9th and 'Dateline' on Tuesday, February 10th at 10pm (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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By John Rogers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Octomom Nadya Suleman pleaded no contest Monday to a single count of misdemeanor welfare fraud for failing to disclose income she was receiving from videos and personal appearances while collecting more than $26,000 in public assistance funds to care for her 14 children.

Suleman was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and two years of probation, and ordered to pay a small fine. Her attorney, Arthur J. LaCilento, said that with financial help from friends, his client has already repaid the county welfare system.

"We could have litigated, there were a lot of issues we could have raised," LaCilento said of the possibility of taking the case to trial. "But she wanted to resolve this case quickly and not go through a public ordeal."

Suleman became famous in 2009 by giving birth to eight children who quickly became the world's longest-surviving octuplets. Like their six older siblings, the octuplets were conceived by in-vitro fertilization. Suleman has never revealed their father's identity.

She struggled to support them, resorting to earning money by doing a porn video, posing topless for different publications, dancing in a strip club and taking part in boxing matches with D-list celebrities.

Facing economic challenges last year, she applied for welfare benefits and collected $26,286 that she wasn't entitled to, authorities say.

The district attorney's office said she has since repaid $9,805 to the California Department of Health Care Services and $16,481 to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services.

Suleman, 39, originally faced four felony counts and could have been sentenced to more than six years in jail.

Prosecutors said from the beginning, however, that they hoped to work out a plea bargain so she could remain free to care for her children.

Suleman has carefully shielded her children from public view since the octuplets were born.

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