A former corporate officer of the Cape Cod Chapter of Disabled American Veterans, Inc. was found guilty Monday of larceny. According to a release from Attorney General Maura Healey's Office, 65-year-old Garry Trott of East Sandwich, diverted more than $100,000 in funds from the Hyannis-based charity for his own use.
A Barnstable County Superior Court jury returned a guilty verdict following a four day trial. Trott was found guilty of four counts of larceny over $250.
"This individual exploited his position and stole from a charitable organization, depriving disabled veterans and their families of much needed assistance," AG Healey said. "We will not tolerate actions such as these, which undermine the good work done by organizations like this to help our veterans."
Presiding Judge Robert Rufo sentenced Trott to two years in jail with 18 months to serve. The remaining six months are suspended for a probationary period of 10 years following his release from the house of correction, the release said.
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.
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.
A restitution hearing has been scheduled for November 19.