Former Officer of Cape Cod Disabled Veterans Organization Arraigned for Stealing $125,000
Allegedly Diverted Funds to Himself and Created Unrelated Organizations to Defraud Donors Who Believed They Were Supporting Disabled Veterans
BARNSTABLE – A former officer of the Cape Cod chapter of Disabled American Veterans, Inc. has been arraigned in connection with allegedly stealing approximately $125,000 from the charitable organization, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.
Richard Trott, Sr., age 62, of East Sandwich, was arraigned today in Barnstable Superior Court on the charge of Larceny over $250, where he pleaded not guilty. Superior Court Judge Gary Nickerson set bail at $5,000 cash, with the condition that Trott not leave the Commonwealth.
The AG’s Office began an investigation in May 2013 after the matter was referred by the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office. Trott was the former President of the Disabled American Veterans, Inc. (DAV) of the Cape and Islands, Chapter 96. DAV is a national charitable corporation that was congressionally-chartered in 1932 for the sole purpose of representing the interests of disabled veterans and their families. Each state has a department of the DAV and each state department, in turn, is comprised of multiple chapters.
Authorities allege that from 2009 to 2011, Trott stole approximately $125,000 from the organization. Investigation revealed that Trott transferred funds from DAV accounts into his own personal accounts and continuously withdrew DAV money for his own personal use, using ATMs and checks payable to himself.
Further investigation also revealed that Trott allegedly created several organizations with names intentionally similar to the DAV in an effort to defraud donors who believed they were donating to help disabled veterans. Authorities allege that Trott diverted money intended for the Chapter 96 DAV into these unrelated organizations, which included “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.”
A Barnstable Grand Jury returned indictments against Trott on December 6. He was arraigned in Barnstable Superior Court today. He is due back in court on Feb. 21 for a pre-trial conference.
These charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Anne Kaczmarek of AG Coakley’s Enterprise and Major Crimes Division with assistance from Financial Investigator Marco DePalma, State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office, and the Cape and Islands DA’s Office.