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Octomom pleads no contest to welfare fraud



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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lx2write Monday at 4:38 PM

She has used and abused the system since the became a mother to 14 kids. I question her stability to begin with, but that said, it is a mystery to me how she can possibly provide a stable, nurturing environment for those 14 children.

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shevon Monday at 4:35 PM

Yeah, this woman is stupid to say the least, but I hope they go after all those other people committing the same crime.

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tornekrayville Monday at 4:47 PM

When you reward people for having children they can't afford this is exactly what will happen. Oh but I forgot personal responsibility doesn't enter into the leftist mantra.

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missy Monday at 4:37 PM

She didn't know she was going to have a financial "problem" trying to raise 14 kids by herself? Did she think she was going to be getting perpetual endorsements just for being a media curiosity for the rest of her abnormal life?? Welcome to reality Ms. Suleman. Start taking responsiblity for the lives you created. I can only credit her for at least for now shielding her children from public view and the media

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sue1offive Monday at 4:44 PM

I find her disgusting. Anyone else that committed fraud like she did would spend jail time.

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Mel Monday at 4:38 PM

Shouldn't the bigger question be whether or not she's received the mental counseling she so desperately needs?

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Jacknyd Monday at 4:41 PM

The county is full of BS, The reason they wanted her to make restitution is because if they jailed her for 3 or 6 years they would have to pay an enormous amount for the 14 kids.

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bawnotbb Monday at 4:41 PM

Isn't her 15 minutes up?

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Dave Manger1 bawnotbb Monday at 4:53 PM

She is just getting started!

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thefrosted1 Monday at 4:39 PM

Look at the good side there will soon be 14 more on welfare

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tornekrayville Monday at 4:33 PM

OCTOPUSSY !!!

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