Nadya Suleman, better known to the world as “Octomom,” has been charged in the state of California with three counts of felony welfare fraud, according to the celebrity gossip site TMZ.
If she is found guilty of all three counts, she could face up to five years and eight months in prison.
The charges were filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. They include one count of aid by misrepresentation and two counts of perjury by false application for aid. According to the District Attorney, Suleman did not report almost $30,000 that she earned between January 1 and June 30 of 2013.
The income that she received during this time came from making personal appearances as well as residuals from a porn video that she made.
In the video, entitled Octomom: Home Alone, 36-year-old Suleman is said to take on various sexy poses as well as masturbate in front of the camera. Although she had originally told the press that she was not willing to do porn, she eventually changed her mind, stating that she was willing to do it in order to take care of her children, with the proviso that there would be no kissing and she would not touch anyone else.
Suleman first rose to fame and earned her nickname of “Octomom” when she gave birth to octuplets in January 2009. At first the public’s reaction was positive, due to the fact her children were the second set of octuplets to be born alive in the United States. Public support quickly faded, however, when it was learned that she had intentionally had multiple embryos implanted through the use of in vitro fertilization despite the fact that she already had six other young children and was unemployed and receiving welfare payments. Initially she disputed the claims that she was receiving public assistance, but finally admitted to it in April 2012 on NBC’s Today show.
When the Octomom controversy erupted, it was revealed that she had several embryos remaining from her previous treatments in which her other six children had been conceived. She said she didn’t want any of the embryos to be destroyed, so she requested that all of them be implanted, despite the fact that this was highly unusual and not the recommended practice for someone of her age. Eventually the doctor who performed the procedure had his license revoked.
Since that time, Suleman has made a living banking upon her notoriety, including her recent foray into the world of porn. During this time, she has had numerous financial difficulties and has been criticized extensively for what has been perceived to be her poor parenting skills and mismanagement of her finances.
The District Attorney’s says that Suleman has not yet been arrested, but she has been ordered to appear in court on Friday.
The District Attorney is requesting that bail be set at $25,000.