LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Octomom” Nadya Suleman pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of failing to report $30,000 authorities said she was earning when she applied for public assistance benefits.
The 38-year-old single mother of 14 children was released on her own recognizance after arraignment in Los Angeles County Superior Court on three counts of welfare fraud.
She was ordered to report to the county’s early disposition court Feb. 3, where Deputy District Attorney Bill Clark said authorities will try to resolve the case without a trial.
“If she can pay the money back, that makes a big difference,” he said.
Suleman, dressed in a dark blue pantsuit, her hair piled up in a bun, appeared before Judge Roberto Longoria for only a couple of minutes. She spoke just one word, a barely audible, “Yes,” when the judge asked if she understood she was waiving her right to a preliminary hearing.