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3/31/2012 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0330-nadya-suleman-Welfaretmz-exOctomom is doing what she swore she would never do -- go on welfare ... TMZ has learned.

The mother of 14 is getting $2,000 a month from the State of California. The money is deposited directly into a special debit card account (see above). The card can ONLY be used for food -- and it's closely monitored by the State to make sure the cardholder isn't making illegal purchases -- i.e., buying a bike at Costco.

It's a cruel twist, for a woman who vowed in 2010 -- a year after giving birth to octuplets -- she would NEVER go on welfare, saying she refused to become "a self-fulfilling prophecy" by accepting government assistance.

Octo qualified for the card because her income is less than $119,000 a year ... and a family of 15 that makes less than that amount is entitled to welfare benefits

In case you're wondering, the $119,000 figure is based on an average of just under $8,000 for each member of the household. The more kids, the more you can make and still receive welfare.

We’re told the cash-strapped mom has taken her children out of private school, except for her one son who has autism, saving her $4,000 a month. And as we first reported, she's even posing topless to make ends meet. But it just wasn't enough.

It's a sad story, but one we saw coming from a mile away.


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She is no different than most of the other people on welfare. Just poopin out kids.

There was an informal pole at the main social services office in Sacramento and they all came to the same conclusion.
90% of the people on welfare are committing fraud.
Octoblob is no different.
It is our fault for allowing this to happen!

901 days ago


she did this all in the name of getting herself and her kids a reality show. She saw how the Duggars and Kate Gosselin were making alot of money off their kids this way and also wanted this lifestyle. But it all backfired on her...I dont feel sorry for her at all, but do feel sorry for her kids...I remember all the pics/stories TMZ had up of Nadya going to Starbucks everyday, at the gym, getting her nails done, shopping etc etc wasting all that money she made early on...

901 days ago

Cognizant _illiberal    

people like octo mom are the reason people like who actually payed taxes and do the best they can and just need a little help have such a hard time getting assistance because selfish people like octo mom think of food stamps, welfare, disability and ssi payments as legitimatte career options. if you havnt heard she had at one time had had a 1.5 million dollars in the bank more than enough to purchase a house in decent neighborhood big enough to raise her kids and enough leftover to feed and clothe the children til they were 18 but she thought her "celebrity status" was not a temporary thing and felt she deserved to go to disneyland every month buy designer make-up,clothes, sun glasses, spend 16 dollars on a single tube of designer lip gloss and lets not forget cosmetic surgery.

901 days ago

Cognizant _illiberal    

she is the worst of the worst she spent money on a tattoo but cant pay for food for the kids, she is like a iraqi hispanic version of the ghetto moms on welfare that by weeves but no diapers or the white trash moms that get tattoos but dont buy food

901 days ago

the truth    

so glad my hard earned taxes get used to help trash like this. pathetic loser pig.

901 days ago

buzz kill    

Time to call Vivid.

901 days ago


I know all you so called "journalists" do some drastic things to get your stories... but I'd really like to know how you got a picture of her EBT card, which I would assume would be in someone's wallet ?!?!?! And if you're so desperate for a story... how does that make you any better than her?

901 days ago


Even though I have 3kids, as a single mom I went out and busted my butt working 3jobs to take care of my children,and put myself through 2yrs of nursing school. I didn't apply for state benefits. Of course it was hard for awhile, but it paid off! I graduated college,and was able to quit those jobs and get alot better one,with my college training. Why can't she get off her lazy butt and work? Now i understand there are some people out there that really do need the help, that is fine,however this woman does not need it. She is just being lazy. Even the Dugger family has 19kids and they do not get any welfare, they work and take care of their children. If she knew she couldn't afford to take care of so many children, then she shouldn't have gone through and had them all.
Side note:Just wondering, did she happen to sell tmz the picture of her food stamp card for money? Usually info like that is private.

901 days ago


If she had just let a few dudes give here some pearl necklaces for a million, the people of California wouldn't be holding the bag for her brood.

901 days ago


She turned down a huge paycheck from Vivid Entertainment because of her morals but has no problem taking money from the state of California. Glad I don't live in California because I would be banging on her door to get my tax money back.

901 days ago


Check your facts TMZ. The card can be used for food or other items because it has both foodstamps and cash deposited onto it. It can be used at an ATM to receive cash if the recipient is receiving cash benefits, which she clearly is.

901 days ago

C. Linn    

Please don't hate her, there are so many people cheating to get welfare, she did not cheat, she actually needs to support her 14 children, she is not lying there. People are saying it because she is unable to hide her 14 childern. Please let her have welfare.

901 days ago


You are all so ignorant, that you do not get your facts straight....EBT IS NOT WELFARE. As a matter of fact, Food stamp usage - due to the economy, grew to the highest levels EVER in 2011. In case your ignorant brains cannot comprehend what is going on in our country - middle and upper management positions have been cut drastically - leaving many formerly "Middle Classers" (if you will) now into the depths of poverty. But it is not "Welfare," it is sustenance allowances - now being used by many Americans. *******s - I really loathe irresponsible reporting AND lies when it comes to informing the general public of the truth. I cannot stand the woman by the way. Let us all ensure the children are not punished for the sins of their father(s.), mothers, doctors, or what the heck ever......I really hate an uneducated public....and media! Maybe TMZ will fold and all of you insignificant wannabes will have yourselves an EBT card too...."Welfare" - HA! Not even close!

901 days ago


Good! There was no way in the world she was going to be able to take care of 14 kids without a job paying her $150k a year. I do not agree with the situation but the children need to be taken care of some kind of way.

901 days ago


Simy Alanes has been through a few 5150 (involuntary psychiatric hold) in her life.

901 days ago
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