Livermore Falls truck driver sentenced to 10 days for theft of disability funds

Posted Oct. 23, 2012, at 6:42 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Livermore Falls man was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to 10 days in federal prison for theft of public money.

Robert B. Hutton, 58, earlier this year admitted stealing nearly $35,000 in Social Security disability benefits, according to court documents.

U.S. District Judge George Singal also sentenced Hutton to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $34,496 in restitution.

Hutton, who has been free on personal recognizance bail since entering his guilty plea in June, was ordered to begin serving his sentence Dec. 5.

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

An investigation revealed, however, 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 faced up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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