Octomom pleads no contest to welfare fraud
LOS ANGELES - Octomom Nadya Suleman has pleaded no contest to a single count of misdemeanor welfare fraud for failing to disclose income she was receiving from videos and personal appearances while accepting public assistance funds.
Suleman entered the plea Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Suleman's attorney, Arthur J. LaCilento, says she was sentenced to 200 hours of community service, two years of probation and ordered to pay a small fine.
She was originally charged with four felonies.
Authorities say Suleman illegally collected $26,000 in welfare benefits last year. LaCilento says she has since repaid that money.
Suleman became famous in 2009 by giving birth to eight children who quickly became the world's longest-surviving octuplets. Like her six older children, they were conceived by in-vitro fertilization.
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