The ex-girlfriend of NASCAR driver Kurt Busch has been found guilty of stealing $900,000 from the veterans charity she worked for.
Patricia Driscoll, 40, was convicted on Thursday by a federal jury in Washington DC of wire fraud, tax evasion and first degree fraud. She now faces a maximum prison sentence of 35 years.
Driscoll, who famously accused Busch of domestic assault in 2014, was the director of the Armed Forces Foundation.
She worked for the charity for 12 years but resigned indignantly in 2015 when it claimed in a tax filing to have found proof that she had been misappropriating funds.
That year, she reported a salary of $93,062.
According to the charity’s tax filings, Driscoll received$1,113,382 in compensation between 2006 and 2015.
She claimed not to have been paid in 2005 and 2004 and records for 2003 and 2002 could not be found.
Kurt Busch’s ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll was found guilty on Thursday of fraud and tax evasion for stealing $900,000 from the veterans charity she worked as the director of
Her annual salary varied greatly. In 2012, she pocketed $194,000. Six years earlier, she reported an income of $9,752.
It remains unclear if the $900,000 she misappropriated was part of her reported $1.1million income.
She also defrauded donors and lied to the IRS about the organization’s books, they said.
She was arrested in 2016 on fraud charges and was found guilty on Thursday.
Driscoll, a mother-of-one who Busch thought was a ‘trained assassin’, denies any wrongdoing.
Her attorney vowed to appeal the verdict on Thursday, telling The San Diego Tribune: ‘The jury did not get it right — Patricia Driscoll is innocent.
‘We are very disappointed by the verdict and the government’s misconduct in this case. We will appeal.
‘This is not the final chapter to this story.’
The charity was founded in 2001 to help promote mental and physical health among veterans. In the years Driscoll worked for it, it reported $44millon in revenues.
Busch and Driscoll (in April 2014) split that year after he allegedly strangled her and slammed her against a wall. They are pictured months earlier. She was a regular on the NASCAR circuit and promoted the charity through it and through Busch who was a celebrity ambassador for it
It was a fixture on the NASCAR racing circuit, and Busch formerly served as a ‘celebrity ambassador’ for the group.
According to the charity’s records, Driscoll spent the money on shopping sprees, jewelry for herself and trips to the dermatologist.
She also spent $65,000 on lawyers when she accused Busch of domestic violence in 2014.
Driscoll, pictured with her son from a previous relationship, told Busch that she was a trained assassin and that a character in the film Zero Dark Thirty was based on her
At the time, she said he choked her and slammed her against a wall at his motor home on a race track after she went over to check on him because he had sent her worrying text messages which suggested he was depressed.
Busch denied her allegations and offered up a series of outlandish explanations for the altercation.
He claimed that he was naked and having a ‘spiritual experience’ after watching Brad Pitt in Seven Years in Tibet.
He told a judge that he did not attack Driscoll, as she claimed, and that he only ever ‘cupped’ her face.
One of his reasons for not attacking her, he said, was that she would win a fight because she was a ‘trained assassin’.
He said she ‘could take me down at any moment, because she is a bada**’.
He also claimed that she told him a character in the film Zero Dark Thirty, which tells the story of the operation to track down Osama Bin Laden, was based on her
Busch is now married to polo player Ashley Van Metre, 27. Before Driscoll, he was married to Eva Bryan for five years. They divorced in 2011.
It is unclear who Driscoll has been dating since.
Busch denied ever hitting Driscoll and claimed he was having a ‘spiritual experience’ watching Seven Years in Tibet naked when she says he attacked her. They are pictured in April 2014
Busch, 40, married 27-year-old polo player Ashley Van Metre in 2017. They are pictured in July