By Robin Culverwell
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Former Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson is to be released from the Bucks County Correctional Facility later this week, after his bail was reduced while he faces theft, moneylaundering, and fraud charges.
Tollefson faces a preliminary hearing on May 29th to determine whether he should stand trial on the charges, which include theft and misappropriation of funds.
Prosecutors say Tollefson, 61, took more than $100,000 from dozens of people over the course of three years, soliciting money for a number of charities but never delivering on promises made.
Those charitable organizations include the Special Olympics, the Salvation Army, and the Brad Fox Foundation, named for a police officer killed in the line of duty.
Tollefson’s attorney, Michael McGovern, says his client is to be released on his own recognizance on the condition that he go straight to a treatment facility.
Prosecutor Ryan Hyde says that Tollefson is to be treated for addiction to both alcohol and drugs at the Malvern Institute, in Malvern (Chester County), and will be required to wear an electronic monitoring device.