Livermore Falls Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Social Security Benefits
Contact: Jim Moore
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373
Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Robert B. Hutton, 58, of Livermore Falls, pled guilty today in United States District Court in Portland to stealing more than $1,000 in Social Security disability benefits.
According to court records, in 1999 and in 2006, Hutton claimed in documents filed with the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) that he was unable to work as a truck driver because of his physical condition. SSA informed Hutton that he was required to report any change in his situation that might affect his Social Security benefits. In June 2010, Hutton reported to SSA that he was not receiving any income. The SSA investigation revealed that Hutton was paid $24,975 in 2008, $28,175 in 2009 and $10,450 through April of 2010 by a trucking company for his work as a truck driver in Jay, Maine. During an interview in 2011, Hutton admitted that he earned between $23,000 and $24,000 per year from the trucking company for his truck driving activities. Hutton’s work activities made him ineligible for the Social Security disability benefits he received.
Hutton faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced after completion of a pre-sentence report by the United States Probation Office.
The investigation was conducted by SSA, Office of the Inspector General.
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