Tollefson, a longtime sports anchor for WPVI-TV, is accused of pocketing money that others had paid him for sports travel packages.
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The former television sportscaster admitted that he ripped off charities and individuals by offering to sell them sports travel packages to big games and then failing to deliver the merchandise.
Tollefson pleaded guilty to theft and related charges for stealing, according to prosecutors, more than $300,000 from more than 200 people.
Prosecutors say they had seven witnesses ready to go who would have told the judge they contracted with the Tollefson, 61, for sports packages and gave him money, but never received anything.
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.
“When they opened the gate of the first one, it was pretty packed out to the front of the unit where you couldn’t get in and see anything. It looked most like trash. The other unit looked a little bit more promising, but frankly, they were both filthy,” Fiorillo said.
“Six hundred once. Six hundred twice. Sold for $600.” It was like the TV show Storage Wars — on Columbus Boulevard!
The 61-year-old former television sportscaster and Philadelphia media personality was taken to prison yesterday after failing to post the required ten percent of his $250,000 bail.
Chris covers the arrest of former sportscaster Don Tollefson, President Obama’s touting of trade schools, and Pizza Hut’s offer to a West Chester University student. He also talks to Tom McGrath from Philadelphia Magazine.
Former Philadelphia broadcaster and media personality Don Tollefson turned himself in on felony charges Tuesday morning.
Warminster police and the Bucks County district attorney’s office say they are looking into a growing number of claims that Tollefson sold sports packages at charity events but never delivered the goods.