LANCASTER – One-time Antelope Valley resident Nadya “Octomom” Suleman pleaded no contest Monday to one misdemeanor count of welfare fraud for failing to report nearly $30,000 in earnings when she filed for welfare in Lancaster, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
The 39-year-old Suleman, whose real name is Natalie Denise Suleman, entered her plea after proving to the judge she repaid more than $26,000 to the state and Los Angeles County.
She was immediately sentenced to two years of summary probation and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.
Suleman, who gained notoriety by giving birth to octuplets, filed for public assistance in Lancaster in January 2013. While applying for public aid, the mother of 14 children failed to disclose that she was also getting checks for personal appearances, for posing topless in different publications and for doing a pornographic video. She was charged with failure to report nearly $30,000 in extra income she earned between Jan. 1, 2013, and June 30, 2013.
Suleman originally faced four felony counts in the welfare fraud case and could have been sentenced to nearly six years in jail.
Suleman has since paid back $9,805 to the California Department of Health Care Services for Medi-Cal overpayments and $16,481 to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services for aid.
Suleman is no longer receiving aid in Los Angeles County because she moved to Orange County in April 2013, according to Deputy District Attorney William Clark.
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).
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.
The case was investigated by the Department of Public Social Services.
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