LOS ANGELES – The 38-year-old woman known as Octomom is facing criminal charges for failing to disclose nearly $30,000 in earnings when she filed for welfare in Lancaster last year, authorities announced Monday.
Nadya Suleman, who lived in the Antelope Valley for a brief period last year, is charged with one count of aid by misrepresentation and two counts of perjury by false application for aid.
Suleman has not been taken into custody, but she is scheduled to be arraigned Friday at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. Prosecutors will ask that her bail be set at $25,000, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
According to the complaint, Suleman, who gained notoriety by giving birth to octoplets, filed for public assistance in Lancaster in January 2013. While applying for public aid, the mother of 14 children allegedly failed to disclose that she was also getting checks for personal appearances and residuals from videos.
She allegedly failed to report the extra income she earned between Jan. 1, 2013, and June 30, 2013.
Suleman and her children were reportedly living in Palmdale from around October 2012 to April 2013. Shortly after moving into the 5,000-square-foot Palmdale home, Suleman gave Rumorfix.com a tour of the residence (see video above).
About six months later, Suleman left the Palmdale home in squalor when her landlord moved to evict her for not paying rent, according to Radaronline, which posted the eviction notice online.
If convicted of welfare fraud, Suleman faces up to five years, eight months in custody, according to the LADA office.
The case was investigated by the Department of Public Social Services.