Cape man pleads not guilty to stealing from disabled veterans group
A former official with a Cape Cod disabled veterans charity pleaded not guilty to stealing more than $100,000 from the group.
Richard Trott, 62, of East Sandwich, was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of larceny over $250. His bail was set at $5,000 cash and was ordered to not leave the state, according to Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office. Trott was indicted last month.
Trott was a former president of the Disabled American Veterans, Inc. of the Cape and Islands, Chapter 96. The national group represents disabled veterans and their families and has multiple chapters in each state.
Prosecutors allege that between 2009 and 2011, Trott stole about $125,000 from the group, transferring funds from the DAV accounts into his own personal accounts. It is also alleged that Trott created several organizations with names similar to the DAV in order to confuse and defraud donors.
Trott is due back in court next month.
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