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Octomom pleads no contest: Porn wash-up Octomom confesses to welfare fraud

Octomom pleads no contest: Porn wash-up Octomom confesses to welfare fraud
Nadya Suleman / Wikipedia

The Octomom – Nadya Denise Doud-Suleman – entered a plea of “no contest” to charges brought against the mother of fourteen. The prolific procreator was sentenced to perform 200 hours of service to her community and was sentenced to probation. Suleman has already repaid approximately $26,000 that she illegally accepted from the State of California and Los Angeles County.

The Washington Post reported July 15 that the 39-year-old Octomom, who gave birth to octuplets in 2009 after receiving fertility treatments, failed to report her income sources when she applied for, and received, public assistance.

Writes the Post: “Suleman was getting money for personal appearances and videos but didn’t mention that when she applied for welfare in January 2013. In all she failed to report $30,000 earned between January and June of last year, an oversight her lawyer blamed on poor record-keeping, Reuters reported. Officials started investigating after they received an anonymous tip.”

Prosecutors said Suleman failed to report income from making guest appearances on talk shows and radio spots – as well as earnings she received from her Octomom Home Alone adult video that was released in June 2012. According to the felony complaint, Suleman pocketed close to $10K from the state and another $16K from the County Department of Public Social Services.

Suleman, who said that she and her husband divorced in 2008 because he disliked the idea of “test-tube babies,” has consented to a host of odd, money-making avenues, eventually turning to the porn industry. Cycling through various public relation firms and spokespeople, Suleman did the daytime television circuit – appearing on Dr. Phil and Oprah among others – and landed a few gigs with unsuccessful reality TV shows. She also lost her home, filed for bankruptcy protection in April of 2012 and checked herself into rehab in October of that same year.

Says the Post:

Her decision to undergo fertility treatment so she could have the babies even though she didn’t have a job or partner to help her support them, drew public criticism. She was “cited as proof of everything that is wrong with American culture, single mothers, California and the welfare state. The controversy over whether she should be ‘punished’ reached such a pitch that as state legislators and bloggers worldwide clamored for public authorities to intervene, Suleman and her representatives received death threats,” the New York Times noted in 2009.

One of her most bizarre paychecks came from PETA – Suleman received $5,000 in 2010 (and a supply of vegan burgers and dogs) for sticking a sign in her front yard that said: “Don't let your dog or cat become an ‘Octomom.’ Always spay or neuter.”