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Octomom

Now On Welfare

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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106.

ummm?!    

I wonder how much TMZ paid her for this picture of the card.

751 days ago
107.

DelbertGrady    

Make the Dr pay the child support

751 days ago
108.

ilovegossip    

LOL!!! TeamNadya must have got the boot, and she is now Sandy. First MsScarcia got the boot, now TeamNadya. Awww...if you played nice, it wouldn't happen.

751 days ago
109.

milly5    

sad world we live in, to see other peoples misfortunes as "news" TMZ shame on you, shame on me for reading this article. Hope her kiddies grow up to be better adults then we are..

751 days ago
110.

Lauren     

Usually I don't think this site goes TOO far, but this is ridiculous! What a terrible invasion of privacy. As a california tax payer, I would rather my money go to this family, than the illegal family next door whos dad "dabbles in cocaine" in his own words.

751 days ago
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cokeandpilates    

Nadia Suleman is a train wreck. She loves/wants/needs the attention of having so many kids. I think she figured on getting a lucrative reality TV deal when she got pregnant with the octuplets and that would take care of her and her kids. It didn't happen and she's scrambling. She's not very likable and no one feels sorry for her, so she's going to be doing D list celebrity boxing or crap like that to pay the bills. She should have either taken the porn deal or sued the fertility doctor for malpractice.

751 days ago
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cokeandpilates    

This woman is a train wreck and I think she really thought she would be set for life with a reality TV deal when she was inseminated with so many embryos. When it didn't happpen, she was screwed. Like with Kate Gosselin before her, we have to ask what does an unlikable Reality TV mom need to do to support her family? She should have taken the $1 million and did the porn. She's already a media whore, so I don't see it as much of a reach for her.

751 days ago
113.

Vic    

Now she'll be seen out shopping everywhere & taking 1 or 2 kids to weekly Disney trips & waiting for some dumbazz to give her a house. Life's great for Octoscammer. Her poor, poor kids...

751 days ago
114.

H. Hawkins    

Welcome to being a "Self-fulfilling Prophecy", Octomom! A situation in which you said you would never be. I guess "Never" isn't all that long for you.

751 days ago
115.

kitnplayn    

In Canada, that information is private. Nobody can go and publically embarrass you like that. Americans have no compassion or dignity. The Global Hillbillies!

751 days ago
116.

Rogue Warrior    

Yeah, big deal, now she's just like all the Lilolicious H8turds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

751 days ago
117.

Butta-fly    

The kids should have been taken away at birth and given to families who could have afforded them. Dumb B***h!

751 days ago
118.

ShoeGurlie    

It's too late. She can't get a job because there would be no one to take care of the kids. If she paid for daycare that would cost her way more then she could ever make working at a normal 9-5 job.


We all saw this coming granted but putting all of this personal info out there TMZ is not right because there are children involved who will one day see all of the things you say about their mom. It's bad enough their mom is totally messed up but take into account the kids.


BTW: I know how she had the 8 kids but what was the cir***stances surrounding the other conception of the other 6 children?

751 days ago
119.

Jodi    

I think Nayda thought she would get a reality show with 14 kids. After all the Duggars have one and they have more kids than she has. I thought for sure TLC would give her a show. With those many kids and no help there is no way a 9-5 job would be enough for her and 14 kids to live on. I fell for her....I really do.

751 days ago
120.

Happy in Florida    

Californians Stop bitching about it and go pay your taxes. LMAO.

751 days ago
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