An East Sandwich man accused of stealing from a local chapter of a disabled veterans organization two years ago is facing new charges, according to the state Attorney General's Office. In December 2013, 64-year-old Richard Trott was alleged to have stolen over $125,000 and indicted by a Barnstable County Grand Jury on the charge of larceny over $250.
Last week, a Barnstable County Grand Jury added three counts of larceny over $250 by continuous scheme to the indictment.
Trott was alleged to have stolen funds from the Cape Cod Chapter of Disabled American Veterans, Inc. (DAV). An initial investigation revealed that while head of the chapter, Trott transferred funds from DAV accounts to personal accounts, wrote personal checks and used a DAV debit card to make personal purchases and make ATM withdrawals, according to the AG's office.
In addition to skimming funds from DAV accounts, Trott reportedly diverted money from the official DAV account to bogus accounts with names including Cape Disabled Veterans Home, Inc,, Disabled Veterans Association of Cape Cod and the Islands and United Veterans Council of Cape Cod and the Islands, Inc., according to the Attorney General's Office.
"This defendant allegedly abused his position and stole tens of thousands of dollars from an organization that assists disabled veterans and their families," said Attorney General Maura Healey. "We cannot allow these kinds of acts to undermine the good work organizations like these do to help our veterans."
The state Attorney General's Office began investigating Trott in 2013 following referral from the Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office. As the investigation continued, investigators learned that Trott also allegedly diverted third party donations including bequests and gifts from estates from DAV to one of his sham organization. That money was allegedly used to purchase goods, vacations, a boat and to cover household expenses and dining out.
Trott will be arraigned in Barnstable Superior Court on April 6. He was indicted on the original charge in December 2013 and arraigned in January 2014.
The prosecutor on the case is Assistant Attorney General Edward Beagan of the state Attorney General's Office.