Livermore Falls man pleads guilty to working while on disability

Posted June 21, 2012, at 10:38 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Livermore Falls man waived indictment and pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to theft of public money.

Robert B. Hutton, 58, admitted stealing more than $60,000 in Social Security disability benefits, according to court documents.

He was released on personal recognizance bail.

A sentencing date was set for Sept. 24.

Hutton claimed in 1999 and in 2006 that he was unable to work as a truck driver because of his physical condition. In June 2010, Hutton reported to the Social Security Administration that he was not receiving any income.

An investigation revealed that Hutton was paid $24,975 in 2008, $28,175 in 2009 and $10,450 through April 2010 by a Jay trucking company for his work as a driver, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Hutton’s work activities made him ineligible for the Social Security disability benefits he received.

Hutton faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000. He also is expected to be ordered to repay the disability benefits he received illegally.

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