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Octomom

Welfare Fraud Investigation

in Full Swing

3/23/2013 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0319-nadya-suleman-welfareThe investigation into whether or not Octomom committed welfare fraud has begun, and TMZ has learned authorities have started to contact her former employers to see just how much money she's been making.

As TMZ first reported, the L.A. County Dept. of Welfare Fraud Prevention and Investigation (WFP&I) was contacted by someone claiming that Octo is collecting welfare for her and her 14 kids despite allegedly making more than minimum amount required to collect welfare.

Octomom can receive welfare support if she made less than $119,000 in a calendar year because she had so many children, but authorities believe she may have made over $200,000.

According to our sources, investigators have begun calling people who have employed Octo in the last year to determine just how much she's been raking in -- which will include collecting things like bank statements, canceled checks and wire transfer receipts.

We're told the investigators have asked these employers if they know of any other people who have employed Octo lately ... and the employers have handed over a few names that investigators are following up with.

If she is found to have committed welfare fraud, Octo could be prosecuted and would face three years in prison or more.

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31.

Ali    

Why doesn't she just become a mormon? Then, the church will support her and ALL of her kids, she won't have to do porn and she'll be accepted into a community where having way too many kids (and wives in some instances) is the norm and is religiously accepted. It's a no-brainer.

545 days ago
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Paul    

MEMO TO OCTO: Kill yourself already?? Please....Your stunt to become rich and famous failed. your on welfare and infamous

545 days ago
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mark318    

How can such an idiot make over $200k a year. Maybe I'm not as smart as I thought.

545 days ago
34.

crimsonblazer    

You can be on welfare even if you make over a Hundred thou a year? WTF

545 days ago
35.

Courtney    

I think that it is a shame that some A-list celebrity can not step up and offer to help this woman, maybe pay her child care and household expenses for a few years so that she can go out and get some a degree or some sort of marketable certification and find a job. She should not have to resort to stripping, celebrity boxing or welfare to feed these children. Yes, she has made mistakes but when I think of people like Oprah, or some sports figures or actors that makes obscene amounts of money, surely some one could step up even anonymously and help her with her expenses until her kids are of school age and she can support herself. Maybe someone could help her set up some sort of at home business. The amount of money that the state of California is concerned about is not as much as it sounds when you consider her living expenses with 14 children. If a celebrity or two would just step up and help her she would not have to collect government assistance.

545 days ago
36.

mark318    

How can such an idiot make over $200k a year. Maybe I'm not as smart as I thought.

545 days ago
37.

steve     

If she has committed the Fraud and is convicted, and if she is sentenced and last if the Children are adopted; then maybe after Ms Octomom is released from prison, then she will have the chance to live a content and successful life. Most should have a 2nd chance to succeed because we are on this earth for such a short time. Thanks Steve US Army Retired, bless out troops.

545 days ago
38.

feelicks    

She has man hands, maybe she used to be a man. look at her/his facial features, and she/he did get inseminated...

545 days ago
39.

princeluvr41    

This pcture is hilarious

545 days ago
40.

MSCSpecial    

Medical Science gone wrong! Dr who helped create this monster should lose his license

545 days ago
41.

Sjango    

Get real she aint going to jail tmz lol

545 days ago
42.

FLO    

w

545 days ago
43.

B-Nice    

Despite prosecution if she is found guilty the state & tax payers will still end up taken care of her children.

545 days ago
44.

tleeg    

Id bang her.

545 days ago
45.

Joybubble55    

Tramp....

545 days ago
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