A judge has ordered a former Walsenburg-area man to pay at least $300 a month for five years to the Social Security Administration for taking benefits he was not entitled to. Chief U.S. District Judge Wiley Daniel imposed the requirement Monday on Hubert B. Aguirre Sr., who previously admitted he lied in sworn court testimony to avoid losing the benefits. The judge ordered him to repay the full amount, in installments. Aguirre began receiving the benefits in 1993 in Huerfano County and later moved to Parker. He admitted he repeatedly made false statements to government authorities about not receiving income that actually he had received. The income made him ineligible for benefits. The restitution is part of Daniel's sentence that Aguirre be on probation for five years. The judge told Aguirre if he fails to make the payments he is subject to being sent to prison for violating terms of probation.
Sentencing guidelines recommended a sentence in a range of 10-16 months imprisonment. A court officer who evaluated the case and Aguirre's background for the judge recommended no imprisonment.