BARNSTABLE (CBS) — A Cape Cod man has been sentenced to two years in prison with 18 months to serve after a jury found him guilty of swindling a disabled veterans group of more than $100,000.
Richard Trott, Sr., 65, of East Sandwich, was found guilty on four counts of larceny over $250 by a Barnstable Superior Court jury on Monday. A judge says the remainder of his sentence was suspended for a probationary period of 10 years upon on his release.READ MORE: New 'Jeopardy!' Guest Host Katie Couric: 'Of Course I Was Nervous, Are You Kidding Me?'
A restitution hearing is slated for Nov. 19.
Trott previously served as the corporate officer of the Hyannis chapter of Disabled American Veterans. The charity represents the interests of disabled veterans and their families.READ MORE: 'This Is A Personal Battle': Kingston, NH Firefighters Save Their Fire Chief's Burning Home
The Attorney General’s office began investigating Trott in May 2013 after the case was referred to them by the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office. A grand jury indicted him seven months later.
Prosecutors say Trott transferred money from the charity’s accounts into his personal bank accounts and repeatedly withdrew money for his own use.
He was also accused of moving thousands of dollars from the charity accounts to a separate veterans organization he controlled.MORE NEWS: CBS This Morning's Gayle King On Oprah Winfrey's Interview With Prince Harry And Meghan Markle
Prosecutors say he spent the money on things like retail merchandise, vacations, household expenses, a boat and meals.