Patricia Driscoll, the former girlfriend of NASCAR driver Kurt Busch who accused him of domestic violence, was indicted Tuesday on federal wire fraud, mail fraud and tax evasion charges.
The indictments were announced by U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips as well as officials with the FBI and Internal Revenue Service.
A statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Driscoll, 38, of Ellicott City, Maryland, would be arraigned at a later date in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
In the indictment, Driscoll was charged with two counts each of wire fraud, mail fraud, and tax evasion, and one count of attempt to interfere with administration of Internal Revenue laws. She also was charged with first-degree fraud, a District of Columbia offense. The indictment also includes a forfeiture allegation seeking all proceeds that can be traced to the alleged fraud scheme.
Work with Armed Forces Foundation
Until July when she resigned, Driscoll was the executive director of the Armed Forces Foundation, a tax-exempt non-profit charity based in Washington, D.C., with a stated mission to protect and promote the physical, mental, and emotional wellness of military service members, veterans, and their families.
For several years, the foundation was involved in several events with NASCAR and many of its tracks.
As a “highly compensated individual,” Driscoll’s salary and benefits were required to be disclosed on forms (called “Form 990”) to be filed each year with the IRS. The indictment alleges that Driscoll caused false reports to be filed on the Form 990s in a numerous ways, took the foundation’s money for her own personal use and to pay her for-profit business expenses.
In February 2015, NASCAR suspended Busch two days before the season-opening Daytona 500 after a Kent County (Delaware) family court commissioner issued a no-contact order against him.
In his opinion, the commissioner found “by a preponderance of the evidence” Busch had committed a domestic assault against Driscoll in September 2014.
In March 2015, Busch was reinstated by NASCAR after the Delaware Department of Justice announced it would not pursue criminal charges in the matter.
At the time, Busch also claimed that Driscolll was a CIA agent.