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  • 14 January 2014, 2:09

'Octomom' Charged With $30k Welfare Fraud

The woman who gained fame as "Octomom" after giving birth to eight babies has been charged with welfare fraud.

Nadya Suleman failed to report $30,000 (£18,300) in earnings while she collected public assistance, according to authorities.

She has been ordered to appear in court on Friday but was not immediately taken into custody, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.

The 38-year-old was already the mother of six children when she gave birth to octuplets at a California hospital on January 26, 2009 after IVF treatment.

All 14 of her children were conceived through in vitro fertility treatments.

Her octuplets are the world's longest-surviving set.

Since their birth, the single mother has tried to support her huge family in a variety of ways.

Suleman endorsed birth control for pets, made a pornographic video, posed for semi-nude photo shoots and participated in celebrity boxing matches.

Suleman was charged on January 6 with one count of aid by misrepresentation and two counts of perjury by false application.

If convicted, she could face up to five years and eight months in jail.

Efforts to reach Suleman for comment through recent associates were not immediately successful.

Last year she spent several weeks in a rehabilitation centre for what her former publicist said was anxiety, exhaustion and stress.

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