Former director of military charity faces 1 year in jail after stealing $600,000

Julia LeDoux
September 16, 2019 - 12:55 pm
Patricia Driscoll

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The former executive director of the Armed Forces Foundation was sentenced to 12 months and a day in prison for her role in a scheme in which she stole from a non-profit charity, defrauded donors and lied to the public and Internal Revenue Service about her salary and benefits.

Patricia Driscoll, 41, of Ellicott City, Maryland was found guilty on Sept. 12 of two counts of wire fraud, two counts of tax evasion and one count of first-degree fraud, according to U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie K. Liu.

“The mission of the Armed Forces Foundation was to protect and promote the physical, mental, and emotional wellness of military service members, veterans, and their families,” Liu said in a news release.  “Patricia Driscoll lied and decided to use the foundation for her own personal gain and schemes such as these undermine the work of non-profit organizations.”

According to tax filings from the foundation, Driscoll stole at least $600,000 from the charity between 2006 and 2014. She resigned from the organization in 2016 when the allegations first came to light.

According to evidence presented during her trial, Driscoll took the foundation’s money for her own personal use and to pay her for-profit business expenses. The tax evasion charges are for tax years 2012 and 2013.

Driscoll was also ordered 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.

When Driscoll headed the Armed Forces Foundation, the veteran assistance charity claimed that it gave 95 percent of donations directly to military personnel and family members. The charity pulled in millions annually under Driscoll's leadership — in 2014 it raised nearly $2.3 million.

Driscoll’s attorneys say they will appeal the verdict. 

Former Armed Forces Foundation president stole at least $600K from charity

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