Nadya Suleman is in the spotlight again. The woman who gained media attention for giving birth to eight children through in vitro fertilization is now being charged with welfare fraud.
Natalie Denise Suleman, 38, has been charged with perjury by false application and for aid by misrepresentation. The Los Angeles District Attorney is alleging that she committed welfare fraud, a felony-level crime. Allegations include a claim that she failed to report $30,000 in income that, according to the allegations, were earned from video earnings and personal appearances.
Suleman, also known as the “Octomom” gained celebrity status and quickly became a household name in America for giving birth to eight children in 2009 after receiving artificial insemination. The large number of children that she gave birth to at one time, in addition to the six children she already had, made her the subject of a great amount of controversy. Critics attacked Suleman and the medical professional who inseminated her, charging that it was unethical and inappropriate for Suleman to risk the possibility of giving birth to so many children at one time.
If convicted, Nadya Suleman could receive up to five years and eight months in prison. She has not been arrested but has been issued a mandatory Friday court date.
Attorney Patrick Donovan is a Massachusetts criminal defense attorney that has represented clients charged with many felony and misdemeanor crimes. Attorney Donovan has appeared in over fifty courts in Massachusetts.