Court date set in Patricia Driscoll criminal case

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By Jerry Jordan, Editor
The federal criminal trial of Patricia Pauline Driscoll on charges she defrauded the Armed Forces Foundation (AFF) and used funds earmarked to help wounded soldiers and their families as her own personal slush fund for travel, alcohol and jewelry, among other things, is set for February 5, 2018, according to court documents obtained by Kickin’ the Tires.

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She was originally indicted on seven federal criminal counts alleging an attempt to interfere with the administration of Internal Revenue Service laws, wire fraud, mail fraud, fraud and tax evasion, according to the indictment unsealed September 20, 2016. Earlier this year, one count of the indictment – attempt to interfere with the administration of Internal Revenue Service laws – was dismissed after she appealed the charge. She still faces six counts in the original indictment, which could carry multiple years in prison, fines and restitution if she is found guilty. An indictment is not a finding of guilt but a stage in the criminal process that indicates there is enough evidence to move forward to criminal proceedings.

Driscoll, who is the former girlfriend of NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, accused the driver of domestic abuse but the charges were dismissed when prosecutors determined there was not enough evidence to bring a case forward. Additionally, Driscoll waited over a month to go to authorities but during that time sought money from Busch, who had ended their relationship the week before she went to Dover International Speedway and entered his motorhome without permission and using a code that belonged to him.

Accused of misappropriating, at least, $599,000 from the Armed Forces Foundation, which she ran for 12 years, Driscoll’s credit card and banking records indicate she bought jewelry, liquor, paid travel expenses and bought groceries using the charity’s money or reimbursed herself from charitable funds for such purchases. She also used money from the charity to benefit her personal company, Frontline Defense Systems, which had a few small government contracts. After she was removed from her position as executive director, the AFF filed documentation with the IRS alleging the misuse of funds.

According to the court record, Driscoll has requested a jury trial and is set to attend a pre-trial hearing on January 19, 2018. She was processed and taken into custody by federal authorities on the day she made her initial court appearance in 2016 but she was released on her own recognizance. She remains free and is currently working as a consultant.

Attempts to reach Driscoll’s attorney, Brian Stolarz, both by text message and email were unsuccessful.

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