Octomom under investigation for welfare fraud

Octomom Welfare Fraud

Nadya Suleman is reportedly under investigation for welfare fraud. According to TMZ, “Octomom” collected food stamps even though she allegedly exceeded the welfare earning cap by nearly $80,000 in 2012.

Based on laws in California, where Suleman lives with her 14 children, the family is eligible for welfare if Suleman earns less than $119,000 in a calendar year. In April 2012, Suleman told NBC News that she reluctantly accepted $2,000 per month in food assistance. At the time, she hoped to become self-sufficient by summer.

“I feel ashamed, but who cares how I feel,” Suleman told Matt Lauer. “It’s 100 percent about my children.”

However, a source close to Suleman claimed she was taking advantage of welfare to pad her own pockets. The source told the L.A. County Dept. of Welfare Fraud Prevention and Investigation (WFP&I) that Suleman made nearly $200,000 during the law calendar year. 

A law enforcement source confirmed to TMZ that Suleman is now under official investigation, which includes a thorough examination of her finances and interviews with people close to her. If the WFP&I determines Suleman has committed welfare fraud, she may be prosecuted and could face more than three years in prison.

This isn’t the first time Octomom has landed in hot water. She was previously accused of child neglect, but a subsequent investigation found her to be a fit guardian. She also filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2012, claiming she was $1 million in debt.

“I don’t think you can get farther, deeper down into the rock bottom than we are at this point,” she told Dr. Drew in May 2012.

Looks like she didn’t knock on wood after making that statement, because Suleman may have jinxed herself.

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  • ohmygeez

    I feel sorry for the kids but not an ounce of it is wasted on this woman.

  • tab

    who cares. how many millions of families abuse the system and nobody is looking at them. it’s for these innocent 14 children that didn’t ask to be born to a weirdo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/maiko.higa.33 Maiko Higa

    California people use their EBT cards in HAWAII for goodness sakes. Why not investigate them?

  • Goat Meat

    I feel sorry for those kids. What a zoo.

  • http://twitter.com/GumballGiggity GumballGiggity

    Why even have that many kids in the first place!!

  • anjealka

    Welfare fraud is so bad where I live(utah) I asked to be an investgator for free after I flied a report. They told me there was just 9 investgators for the whole state, and only 1 part time one assigned to my area of over 75,000 people getting welfare. I attended a moms group after I moved here. When I asked how they paid for childbirth costs since my insurnace was $1200 a month and a 9k ded for maternity, they all told me how to cheat the system. Im so sick of women here having babies and having the state pay for them when they dive around in new suburans and live in 500k+ homes. If you have a 50k car, pay 10k for your childbirth, medical care isn’t free anymore!
    I would never report if the money is helping a child(like medcaid, chip, or food for a child). I hope octomoms money was used for the kids. If it was food stamps I would assume it was. Ocotmom did eat all that food, and I assume if she was selling food stamps for money she would have been recongnized?