Patricia Driscoll accused of using charity funds for travel, alcohol, cell phones, jewelry, etc – Total estimated at $599,000
Patricia Driscoll is the former girlfriend of Kurt Busch, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver. In November 2014, she opened a domestic violence case against Kurt Busch.
A 25 page court document forced NASCAR to make an un-timely decision. That led to the driver being suspended by NASCAR, days before the 2015 Daytona 500. A month later, that case was dropped due to insufficient evidence. Kurt Busch was then re-instated as a NASCAR driver, cleared to race by the sanction.
In late 2016, Patricia Driscoll was charged of stealing nearly $600,000 from a military charity. Armed Forces Foundation (AFF) is the defrauded charity. Multiple examples show the charity was more or less, a form of income for Driscoll.
Patricia Driscoll case today
Court documents have surfaced. The federal trail is set to begin on February 5, 2018.
“The defendant Patricia Driscoll falsely reported, and urged other to falsely report in correspondence, reports, donation solicitations, among others, that 94% to 96% of all AFF donations went directly to military members and their families through AFF programs, in order to induce donors to give to AFF and increase the amount of money available, knowing that such a large percentage of the donations did not go directly to military members and their families,” states the court documents.
“It was a further part of the scheme and systematic course of conduct that in or about September 2010, the defendant PATRICIA DRISCOLL created and caused to be created a memorandum on AFF letterhead, which she falsely caused to be backdated as April 2008, purporting to approve an additional $3,000 per month payments to herself, to pay for such items as her car, gas, cell phone (for her and Frontline Defense’s staff),” the court details.
She is also accused of submitting a false tax return. Those action include; moving AFF funds to her personal and business accounts, using AFF funds to pay her personal bills and altering AFF Quickbooks.
On top of that, “using a forged lease to justify unauthorized rental payment by AFF and providing false documents and accounting records to her tax accountant.”
Armed Forces Foundation
Kurt Busch became the celebrity spokesperson for the charity in 2014. He would wear the AFF logo on his fire suit and make regular promotion appearances on the charity’s behalf.
“Those are the toughest battles,” Kurt Busch stated in 2014.
“Everyone can relate when they see someone with a missing limb, or someone who is a double amputee. You can see a visual wound, even on burn victims. … But it’s the invisible wounds, that’s what I’ve seen my attention gravitate to. And so that’s where I’ve tried to help,” Kurt Busch said of the charity foundation.
Kurt Busch is not involved in the fraud case. It appears he was just as tricked as everyone else.
“In NASCAR, you can have a good cause, but if you don’t really have a driver behind your cause, it doesn’t matter,” Driscoll stated back in May 2014.
“The sport is behind our cause, but having him as a big advocate the way he has been — it’s so meaningful to so many people. Because everybody’s been touched by the military — a brother, themselves, their grandfather. So it’s really awesome to have him as part of our team,” Driscoll stated on her military foundation.