Patricia Driscoll resigns as president of Armed Forces Foundation

Patricia Driscoll is the ex-girlfriend of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch.

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The Washington D.C.-based AFF is a non-profit organization with a mission to protect and promote the physical, mental, and emotional wellness of military service members, veterans, and their families.

Driscoll had been in the role of AFF president since 2003. The AFF announced Wednesday that its board of directors received and accepted Driscoll’s resignation.

"We are appreciative of Patricia’s 12 years of service to our armed forces, veterans, and their families," the AFF board of directors said in a statement. "During her tenure the Armed Forces Foundation programs expanded and we were able to provide more assistance to those in need, including vital resources to pay rent, buy food, or afford other necessities while a military member recovered from his or her injuries. The Armed Forces Foundation also helped many military families through school counseling programs and education initiatives like Operation Caring Classroom."

Driscoll also issued a statement in the news release issued by the AFF.

"I am proud of what we achieved during my time at the Armed Forces Foundation," her statement read. "Especially as it pertains to PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder] and TBI [traumatic brain injury], the Foundation is saving lives by creating awareness and helping veterans find the services they need before taking tragic and drastic steps such as suicide. 

Driscoll is under investigation by the FBI and IRS for allegedly mishandling funds as executive director of the AFF, according to a report last month by ESPN’s Outside the Lines.

The report indicated Driscoll used AFF funds "as a bank" for personal expenses, that the organization’s tax filings and audit reports do not match in terms of "hundreds of thousands of dollars," and the money paid by the foundation for annual rent violates Washington D.C. zoning regulations.

In addition, the report stated the AFF funds were used to pay for Driscoll’s legal fees while fighting a child custody case, expensive Moroccan rugs, and first-class flights for her and her son. In addition, Driscoll is accused of using AFF funds to pay the credit card bills of her private defense company, Frontline Defense Systems.

The ESPN report stated the AFF paid the credit card bills for Frontline Defense Systyems "at least 17 times."

Report: FBI, IRS investigating Kurt Busch's ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll

Both Driscoll and the AFF have strongly denied misusing AFF funds and have claimed they are not aware of any federal investigation.

Driscoll became a prominent figure in the NASCAR community through her involvement with the AFF, and then became a public figure when her relationship with Busch began.

The couple had a falling out late last year, and Driscoll accused the Stewart-Haas Racing driver of domestic abuse stemming from an incident at Dover International Speedway. Driscoll claimed Busch grabbed her head and slammed it against the wall of his motorhome multiple times.