The former director of a veterans charity organization was convicted Thursday of stealing money from the nonprofit for personal expenses including jewelry, shopping, and business ventures, according to court documents.
Patricia Driscoll, 40, was found guilty of wire fraud, tax evasion, and first-degree fraud, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release. Driscoll was the former executive director of the Armed Forces Foundation, a Washington-based charity formed in 2001 to promote quality-of-life for veterans and their families, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
The former girlfriend of NASCAR driver Kurt Busch resigned from the charity in 2016 after allegations of misused funds. The charity organization disclosed a 2015 federal tax filing, which reportedly indicated Driscoll had misspent $900,000 on personal expenses, dating all the way back to 2006.
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The Armed Forces Foundation ceased operations after Driscoll was found guilty in September 2016 of eight felony courts. Three of those charges, however, were dismissed before the trial concluded, according to court records.
Court records demonstrated Driscoll’s lavish spending, which included trips to the jewelry store, a dermatologist and more than $65,000 in legal fees related to domestic violence accusations against her ex-boyfriend, NASCAR driver Busch.
Moreover, prosecutors said Driscoll engaged in a scheme in which she stole money from the charity, defrauded donors, and lied to the IRS and the public about her salary and benefits.
Driscoll’s attorney slammed the verdict, insisting his client’s innocence.
“We are very disappointed by the verdict and the government’s misconduct in this case. We will appeal,” attorney Brian W. Stolarz said in a statement. “This is not the final chapter of this story.”
Driscoll will be sentenced in March, Fox News reported. Consequently, she faces a maximum 20 years in prison on the wire fraud charge and a maximum of 10 years for first-degree fraud. Tax evasion carries a statutory maximum of five years.