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Man charged with stealing from Cape Cod veterans

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BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — The former president of the Cape Cod chapter of the Disabled American Veterans has been ordered held on $5,000 bail after pleading not guilty to stealing $125,000 from the organization.

Richard Allen Trott Sr. was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of larceny of over $250.

Prosecutors allege the 62-year-old Trott withdrew money from the accounts of the Hyannis-based chapter of the Disabled American Veterans via ATM withdrawals and checks made out to himself between 2009 and 2011.

Trott told the Cape Cod Times that he is innocent. Trott's lawyer asked that he be released on personal recognizance because he is the sole caretaker of his 10-year-old granddaughter. The girl has been handed over to other relatives.

Other members of the DAV say they feel angry and betrayed.

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