"Octomom" Nadya Suleman accused of welfare fraud in Los Angeles, report says

Nadya Suleman CBS/KCAL

(CBS) - "Octomom" Nadya Suleman is being accused of committing welfare fraud in Los Angeles County and may face jail time if convicted, according to a TMZ report.

TMZ reported Wednesday that the L.A. County Dept. of Welfare Fraud Prevention and Investigation received an allegation that the 37-year-old mother of 14 is collecting various forms of welfare, including food stamps.

Under California law, Suleman can collect welfare for her and her 14 children if she makes less than $119,000 in a calendar year. But as of 2012, she made nearly $200,000, TMZ reported.

An investigation is being conducted regarding the allegation. Suleman can be prosecuted if it is determined that she committed welfare fraud, and she could face more than three years in prison if convicted, according to TMZ.

Sulemom gained fame as "Octomom" when she became the mother of 14 children through repeated in vitro treatments. She gave birth to octuplets in January 2009, according to The Associated Press.

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