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Octomom

Authorities to Seize Financial Docs

in Welfare Fraud Probe

6/9/2013 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Welfare fraud investigators have taken steps to seize Octomom's bank records and other documents that may prove she's been stealing taxpayers' money ... and what they find could land her in prison.

Welfare fraud officials obtained a search warrant to seize Octo's financial and employment records -- because they smell a rat.

We broke the story ... the L.A. County Dept. of Welfare Fraud Prevention and Investigation (WFP&I), has been investigating Nadya Suleman after getting a tip that she was collecting welfare in 2012  ... when she grossed more than $200,000.

According to the warrant -- obtained by TMZ -- investigators have targeted 2 locations -- the home and office of Octo's manager, the person who presumably has financial records showing what's up.

As we previously reported, Octo and her 14 kids are entitled to get welfare benefits if she earns less than $119,000 in a calendar year.  But there's evidence she made a lot more and still grabbed public assistance money.

If the hunch is right, Octo can be prosecuted for welfare fraud, and if she's convicted she could face 3 years in prison.

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61.

Tooldude    

Welfare for making under $119,000 a year? WTF??? I could not get food stamps when I was on unemployment because they said I made too much? What a f'ing crock of chit

410 days ago
62.

Sharyn350z    

Gross. Reminds me of Kimye

410 days ago
63.

vinyl    

TMZ - is this current information or are you simply posting the same information you did months ago? On what date was the warrant filed?

410 days ago
64.

RBIC    

Put her buttocks in jail and put those babies in homes where they will actually be cared for and strip her rights. What a piece of work she is.

410 days ago
65.

rich    

the kids shoud be taken away from her!!!!

410 days ago
66.

k    

How is someone who makes 119K qualify for welfare?

410 days ago
67.

connie52kisses    

Why are the tax payer's taken care of her? Let the father do it. She is making all kinds of money. Why does she still have her Kids? She makes more money on her Back then most people That Work a 9 to 5 job. This Great life on Welfare needs to Stop. She don't care about her Kids, It's what she gets for per Head. I be if she could she would get rid of them. I'm happy Welfare is looking into it. They need to do that to Everyone on welfare.

410 days ago
68.

Brad Enlow    

It is about friggin time they shut her down!!!!

410 days ago
69.

Jacques    

"...And it could land XXX in prison" seems to be TMZ's favorite phrase when dealing with errant celebrities. If I had a nickel for every time TMZ said this I'd be rich.

410 days ago
70.

karmah    

What a drain on society.....

410 days ago
71.

KCHicks    

I think they need to hit the dumb-assed Doctor who planted all of those kids in her for the support payments. What was he thinking? He should also probably be fired!

410 days ago
72.

joan camp    

Leave her along, she has enough problems trying to take care of all these kids. have you no compassion for her, she has no help and is no a superwoman.

410 days ago
73.

dangit    

I don't read half the chit in here TMZ but welfare fraud? Food stamps is not wefare you idiots.

410 days ago
74.

dangit    

Every American citizen can apply for food stamps. That is NOT welfare. Temporary assistance is welfare and that's for people who are unable to work and is temporary assistance until they get their disability every month. TMZ needs to research what WELFARE is before shooting off their big mouths off on Octomom.

410 days ago
75.

Sgt Heart    

The ball was droped on this woman a long time ago. The tax payers have paid enough already and will continue to pay. Put the kids in foster homes(tax payers dime) put her in jail along with the doctor. time for heads to roll!!!

410 days ago
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