‘Octomom’ pleads not guilty to welfare fraud

By JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press
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In this May 19, 2010 this file photo, Nadya Suleman stands  outside her home in La Habra, Calif. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

In this May 19, 2010 this file photo, Nadya Suleman stands outside her home in La Habra, Calif. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Octomom” Nadya Suleman has pleaded not guilty to a fourth count of welfare fraud.

The single mother of octuplets and six other children appeared briefly for arraignment Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The court scheduled the next hearing in the case for April 16.

The latest count alleges Suleman wrongly collected an additional $10,000 in benefits from the state.

She previously pleaded not guilty to three counts of welfare fraud stemming from an alleged failure to disclose about $30,000 in earnings from videos and personal appearances when she applied for aid last year.

Although the charges carry potential time behind bars, the prosecutor has said efforts would be made to reach a deal to avoid that.

Suleman gave birth to her octuplets in 2009.

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