The former corporate officer convicted of bilking the Hyannis Chapter of Disabled American Veterans, Inc. out of $100,000 was ordered on Friday to pay $92,000 in restitution. According to a release from the Attorney General's Office, 65-year-old Richard Trott Sr. of Sandwich was found guilty of four counts of larceny over $250 by a Barnstable Superior Court jury in October.
Following the verdict, Judge Robert Rufo sentenced Trott to two years in house of correction with 18 months to serve and the balance suspended for a probationary period upon release.
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., an earlier release said.
The Attorney General's Office began an investigation into Trott's activities in May 2013 after the case was referred by the Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office. Trott reportedly spent the money on vacations, meals out, a boat and other personal items. Trott was initially indicted by a Barnstable Grand Jury in December 2013, then indicted on three more charges in February 2013.