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Welfare Mom Blows $520


4/25/2012 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Octomom check for $520 for haircutsOctomom Nadya Suleman -- who is pulling in $2,000 month in food stamps thanks to California taxpayers -- spent $520 on a Brazilian blowout, and 2 cuts ... TMZ has learned.

Octo's hairstylist Stephanie tells us ... she went to Octo's house on April 18 to cut her hair and do a Brazilian blowout -- a chemical straightening treatment. Octo owed Stephanie for an earlier haircut, and the grand total came to $520. Octo also paid Stephanie $80 for hair products. Mind you -- Octo wrote the check at a time when she was in dire need of welfare.

Stephanie -- who went to cops yesterday and filed a report claiming the 14 kids were living in squalor -- tells us she couldn't believe Octo was spending this kind of loot on haircuts when her plumbing didn't work. 

Stephanie says a plumber had been to the house recently and told Octo it would cost $150 to fix the pipes, but Octo declined, saying it was too expensive. As a result, the kids have to use portable training toilets in the backyard.

Octomom and the horrible house conditions
By the way, Stephanie also says while she was cutting Octo's hair, the mother of 14 locked her kids in the bedroom. Take a look at the pic -- notice the chair she used to keep the door shut.

9:00 AM PT: Octomom just walked one of her kids to a school bus -- we asked about the giant haircut check, but she had no response. PS -- nice Elmo slippers.


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This should be the final nail We wouldn't let people treat dogs this way. Arrest her for fraud and save those kids from a life of neglect!

914 days ago


I don't believe she's committing fraud. I think she really does need the money to feed and clothe her children. Unfortunately she's so stupid she's spending the money on her hair instead! She's not the first welfare recipient to do this and I'm sure she won't be the last. Sorry excuse for a mother is what she is doing stupid things like this. I feel sorry for her children! Then again I feel sorry for alot of children living with parents like this!

914 days ago


This whole story makes me sick. Every bit of it. Nadya Suleman is incredibly selfish-starting with her 'need' to have so many children. I hope now the state will finally watch what's really going on in her home.
And, what's the deal with her hairdresser/friend? She cares sooo much for those kids?? She takes $520 from someone she knows can't afford it & makes very bad decisions?? She is NO better than Nadya!!

914 days ago


This lady is in need of some serious help.

914 days ago


Just another story where government wasnt doing their job.No wonder California is broke. Government would crack down it might have some money.

914 days ago


Stephanie is a snitch ass bitch

914 days ago


Yea, she probably is defrauding the system, but guess what, so are 90% of the rest of the people who are on it. That picture also doesnt mean she is "locking up her kids" maybe she is trying to keep her kids out of the that does say keep out. She's in the public eye so of course people are going to try to bring her down..and oh yeah, my kid craps in a potty outside too...and inside, we do it to potty train

914 days ago


hahaha... on we get it now, the check bounce and Nadya refused to pay, they argue and Stephanie seeked revenge using TMZ. Pitiful, hey what are friends for?
3 years and you wait until you have a fallen out to try and hurt Nadya and get her kids taking away? Glad CPS, detective and police saw through your scheme, Stephanie. Your 15 minutes are up, you can go away now! LOL

914 days ago


Holy crap, that hairdresser is a rip off artist. A snake too.

I do think Nadya went about things a little backwards. She could have made a movie and got peed on, released it. TMZ would have left her alone, other than gushing how talented she was. Then she could have her kids. Her life would have been so much easier.

914 days ago

Deb Colorado    

This is obscene. She may not be physically abusing her kids, maybe as we don't know for sure, but this is neglect pure and simple. How often has she shut her kids up in a room like that and for how long? I find this disturbing. Spending monies on her much does she spend on food and clothes for her children? Living in squalor? Time to look at finding good homes for these kids. How tragic is this in that if it is necessary to place these kids elsewhere, they will be seperated from one another. How many of us knew this was coming.

914 days ago

BB not bb    

Stephanie had no trouble taking the check though. Isn't that unethical to take money from someone and then go to the cops to report them for spending it? She seems like a shady friend to me. Maybe she only offered to cut all of the kids' hair because Nadya spends so much with her already, so Nadya really got 16 haircuts and beuty products for $520.

Some women are fussy about their hair and she probably can't get a babysitter to watch them all while she goes out for a haircut. Maybe other people wouldn't do this but it is not unheard of.

I heard that a typical cut and blow out in a salon now is $60... for a woman. So if you figure in babysitting, travelling, tips, hair products, cuts for all the kids, etc., it could come out to be that much.

You are allowed to spend money on styling your hair and still get foodstamps, so that is not fraud. Maybe it isn't what someone might think you should spend money on, but it is legal.

As far as her toilet, it sounds like it needed a plumger. Maybe she was going to try that or get the landlord to do it instead. Maybe Stephanie just showed up on a bad day when the toilets went bad.

These are kind of minor complaints in the world of abuse and neglect. I think if someone helped Nadya with this pack of kids, that would straighten the mess out for the most part.

914 days ago


I was feeling sorry for Nadya because she was a single mom with 14 kids but if this story is true then her kids need to be put in foster care. Spending $520 on BS when her kids don't have a decent toilet to use because Nayda won't spend the money to get it fixed is a form of child abuse. Her priorities are not straight.

914 days ago


We live in a sick sad world. Octomom is a living breathing reminder of that. If this isn't a clear cut case of welfare fraud then I don't know what is.

914 days ago


I'm glad the stylist shed light on this issue....them kids need to be taken away...those are really bad living conditions!

914 days ago


121. jinee: 4 minutes ago Stephanie is a snitch ass bitch

She sure has to question Stephanie motive in all this. All this time she's been going to Nadya house claiming they've been friends for YEARS being around the kids, in what she called a neglected, abandoning and starving children invironment to hear her tell it and never once reported these conditions to the police and CPS until she received a bounce check that Nadya refused to pay her for? What a rotten s***bag of a friend Stephanie is.

914 days ago
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