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Nadya Suleman, a.k.a. "Octomom," is currently under investigation for welfare fraud based on a tip that the mother of 14 has been illegally collecting thousands of dollars in government aid, TMZ reports. According to a search warrant, officials are taking steps to seize Suleman's financial records from her manager's home and office.

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Per TMZ, Suleman and her 14 children are eligible for welfare benefits if she earns less than $119,000 in a calendar year. However, officials at the L.A. County Department of Welfare Fraud Prevention and Investigation reportedly received a tip that she grossed more than $200,000 in 2012 -- and still collected public assistance from the government.

If the tip turns out to be true, Suleman could face up to three years in prison.

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According to an earlier report by ABC News, the controversial 37-year-old weaned herself off welfare in the fall of 2012, only to have to go back on it in January 2013 after a brief stay in rehab for what her rep said was anxiety, exhaustion and stress.

"She spent most of her savings while she was in Chapman Treatment center, paying for around-the-clock nannies, drivers, security and her treatment program," her rep told ABC. "She does not expect to be on longer than three months."

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In any case, January's setback was not Suleman's first brush with financial troubles. In May 2012, she filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in federal court, revealing that she had less than $50,000 in assets and owed between $500,000 and $1 million in liabilities.

"I have had to make some very difficult decisions this year, and filing Chapter 7 was one of them," she said at the time. "But I have to do what is best for my children, and I need a fresh start."


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