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The Washington, DC-based Armed Forces Foundation (AFF) was founded to promote morale, welfare, and quality of life for military families. Instead, AFF’s former president and executive director stole foundation funds and committed tax fraud to elevate her own quality of life.

A federal jury convicted Patricia Driscoll on two counts of wire fraud, two counts of tax evasion, and one count of first-degree fraud in Nov. 2018. Driscoll assured donors that 95 percent of their donations would benefit military members or their families. (In reality, she was doing a great job of realizing lots of benefits for herself.) She diverted significant foundation funds for her personal use including $3,000 per month to cover costs associated with her car, gas, cell phone, and other personal expenses.

Driscoll was sentenced in Sep. 2019 to 12 months and one day in prison, 36 months of supervised release, a period of home confinement, community service, payment of $154,289 in restitution, and $81,779 in a money judgment forfeiture. (She got off easy. Tax evasion alone has a maximum penalty of 5 years, and wire fraud could have gotten her up to 20 years.)

Prosecutors had recommended a sentence of 70-87 months and a judgment of $472,954, noting that her actions deprived “countless veterans” of benefits, and “so disillusioned donors and volunteers that AFF was unable to continue its mission.” The Washington, DC foundation closed in October 2016 thanks to her tax fraud scheme and other fraudulent actions. (That’s definitely not the way donors thought things would play out.)

Today’s Fraud of the Day comes from an MSN article, “Ex-girlfriend of Kurt Busch sentenced to prison for fraud, tax evasion,” published Sep. 13, 2019.

Patricia Driscoll, former girlfriend of Kurt Busch, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison Thursday in U.S. District Court for her role in which she stole from a non-profit charity designed to help military members and their families.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon also ordered Driscoll to serve 36 months supervised release, a period of home confinement, 360 hours of community service, and to pay $154,289 in restitution and $81,779 in a money judgment forfeiture.

Additional information is available from an NBC Sports article, “Ex-girlfriend of Kurt Busch found guilty of fraud, tax evasion,” published Nov. 9, 2018.

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Larry Benson, Senior Director of Strategic Alliances, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Government

Larry Benson is responsible for developing strategic partnerships and solutions for the government vertical. His expertise focuses on how government programs are defrauded by criminal groups, and the approaches necessary to prevent them from succeeding.

Mr. Benson has 30 years of experience in sales and business development. Before joining LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, he spent 12 years founding and managing two software technology startups. During the 1990s he spent 10 years as a Regional Director helping to grow a New England-based technology company from 300 employees to 7,000. He started his career with Martin Marietta Aerospace working on laser guided weapons and day/night vision systems.

A sought-after speaker and accomplished writer, Mr. Benson is the principal author of “Fraud of the Day,” a website dedicated to educating government officials about how criminals are defrauding government programs. He has co-authored WTF? Where’s the Fraud? How to Unmask and Stop Identity Fraud’s Drain on Our Government, and Data Personified, How Fraud is Changing the Meaning of Identity.

Benson holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Albright College, and earned two graduate degrees – a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Engineering from Lehigh University.