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Authorities to Seize Financial Docs

in Welfare Fraud Probe

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

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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franklin white    

I am surprised they didn't increase her entitlements.

502 days ago

david l wayne    

Hey , Leave her alone. No different than thousands already on welfare that are not known.

502 days ago


Glad I wasn't the surrogate dad ! wow ! 8x over, I'd be a poor man. Her brain must've as scrambled as her eggs.

502 days ago


well if she did do it toss her ass in Jail. NO body should every have that many children with no means to care for them that it's self sould be a crime . and the doctor that help her have them should be on the hook for the cost as well.. e did it thinkojng fame and fortune would follow ... just said what some people will do.

502 days ago


"...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.

502 days ago


"...And it could land XX in prison" seems to be TMZ's favorite phrase about errant celebrities, and it hasn't happened once yet. If I had a nickel alone for every time they said this about something Lindsay Lohan did I'd be rich.

502 days ago


Harvey and the rest of the TMZ staff get nice big fat pay checks every month and they don't even bother to research what WEFARE is because they don't care. If it doen't concern them, they don't care. Unless you've been there and needed HELP you don't care do you? I for one am glad we live in a country where we have the chance to have our children be born. A rich country like ours? A rich country like ours should be for OUR children because OUR children are OUR future. This isn't about what we want. OUR children are the ones who are going to keep this country going. Octomom's children are just as important as yours and mine. They are Americans too.

502 days ago


Dangit, you need to look up the definition of welfare. Here it is according to Webster: 1) the state of doing well especially in respect to good fortune, happiness, well-being, or prosperity;
2a : aid in the form of money or necessities for those in need; b : an agency or program through which such aid is distributed

502 days ago


Also, Welfare is SUPPOSED to be temporary but there are many people out there making it their lifestyle for many, many, years. It's the attitude of "why should I work when others can pay for my kids". Well I for one am sick and tired of paying for leeches and scam artists. I hope she goes to jail and is given the maximum amount of time. Then I hope the IRS steps in and nails her for tax fraud on top of welfare fraud. I can't think of a more deserving person!

502 days ago


@Alvin - you would deny Octomom food and shelter for her children just because you HATE HER? You are an evil American. Go live in the Middle East. You would fit in nicely there.

502 days ago


China kills their babies Alvin. Go move to China where you will be much happier than in America where your money is wasted on the future of this country. China is taking over anyway.

502 days ago


That's the problem with people like you Alvin. Nothing bad has ever happened to you in your entire life. You are so lucky you don't even know it. You never had anything bad happen to you and to had to ask for help so you wouldn't have to live on the streets. Do you even know what that feels like? Do you know what its like to lose your job and feel scared? You are so ignorant Alvin.

502 days ago


I would bet they certainly will find evidence that she earned money over her limit allowed while on welfare, but think logically...what legalities will seriously be imposed? she has 14 kids. financially penalizing her will hurt the kids she already cant afford...putting her in prison will require (most likely) splitting the kids up, which has been proven to be very traumatic to kids. what really can they do to punish her? community service will force her to spend time away from the kids that she would then have to hire babysitters for, which she already cant afford to do....I think she knows that if she makes more than her limit while on welfare there isn't a whole lot the courts can do!

501 days ago


She is so cute and sexy. If I wash"t already married I'd be pursuing this woman.

501 days ago


And who's going to take care of all those kids when she goes to jail ? The welfare dept should always be on the look-out to Nadya's attempts to work, while collecting welfare. But putting her in jail would not be helping those 14 kids of hers.

499 days ago
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