NASCAR Cup: Patricia Driscoll indicted for stealing from charity
Patricia Driscoll and Kurt Busch in victory lane at Martinsville Speedway in 2014 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
Patricia Driscoll, ex-girlfriend of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch, was indicted on seven federal charges on Tuesday, relating to allegedly stealing from the Armed Forces Foundation, a military charity she formerly led.
Driscoll was indicted on two counts each of wire fraud, mail fraud and tax evasion and one count of attempting to interfere with the enforcement of Internal Revenue laws. She also was indicted on a single count of first-degree fraud in the District of Columbia.
A 2014 tax form from the Armed Forces Foundation states that the “foundation has become aware of suspected misappropriations” of nearly $600,000 by Driscoll between 2006 and 2014.
“It’s a sad day that this matter has progressed to criminal allegations,” Driscoll’s attorney, Barry Pollack, told ESPN. “The charges are completely unproven. Ms. Driscoll looks forward to having the opportunity to contest them in court.”
According to the indictment, Driscoll allegedly falsely categorized expenses as going to veterans and their families and then used the money to pay her own personal bills. She also is accused of taking money from the AFF to spend on office space in a building she co-owned.
Driscoll allegedly used “forged documents, false accounting entries, inflated donation amounts and false statements in order to convince donors to give money to the AFF, thereby enriching herself,” the indictment claims.
She also is accused of using AFF funds to pay expenses of Frontline Defense Systems, a private security business she owns.
Driscoll accused Busch of physical and verbal abuse after the two split in 2014. No criminal charges were brought against Busch, but a family court commissioner granted Driscoll a protective order against Busch. As a result, Busch was suspended by NASCAR for the first three races of the 2015 season.