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Probation, community service for Nadya ‘Octomom’ Suleman in welfare fraud case

Single mom Nadya Suleman, a.k.a. ”Octomom” first came into the public spotlight when she gave birth to octuplets in January 2009. Since then, she’s become even more infamous for trying to support her brood by going on welfare, stripping, shooting a porn video, celebrity boxing and most recently being accused of welfare fraud. On July 14 in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the 38-year old Suleman pleaded “no contest to a single count of misdemeanor welfare fraud for failing to disclose income she was receiving from videos and personal appearances while accepting public assistance funds,” according to CBS News.

Octomom copped a righteous plea deal.  She could have been sentenced to six years in prison.
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Sulemen got off light in sentencing. She was originally charged with four felonies and failing to disclose income in the amount of approximately $25,000 earned from a sex tape and porn video. If convicted on the felonies, she could have landed behind bars for more than six years. But after paying restitution of more than $26,000, Suleman got a plea deal where the felonies were dropped. All during her welfare fraud case, prosecutors tried working with the mom who has 14 mouths to feed, and said that “they hoped to work out a plea bargain so she could remain free to care for her children,” according to ABC News.

Pleading no contest to one count of misdemeanor welfare fraud assured her that she wouldn’t get any prison time. She was sentenced to two years’ probation and 200 hours of community service. According to TMZ, it’s common in welfare fraud cases “for the D.A. to charge first time welfare fraud recipients with a felony and then reduce it to a misdemeanor once the money is paid back.” The fraud investigation into Suleman began after her local welfare department received a complaint which stated that the mom with 14 mouths to feed had exceeded the annual income limit for collecting welfare benefits, according to The Daily News. For more on the story, see the video accompanying this article.