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HELLO SPECIAL FRIENDS I WANTED TO PASS ALONG THIS GREAT GREAT!!! NEWS TO YOU FROM LAURIE MASON SCHROEDER OF THE INTELLIGENCER. SHE’S A GOOOOOOOOOD GUY:

Former sportscaster Don Tollefson has been released from prison and will spend the next month in a Chester County drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.

Tollefson, 61, of Wyndmoore, was scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing in Warminster this week on charges he stole more than $100,000 through sports-related charity scams. Court records show Tollefson was granted permission this week to enter an in-patient program at the Malvern Institute.

Tollefson, records show, was accepted into the Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities program (TASC.) He will be monitored by prison officials while in the rehab center.

APPRECIATE THAT! I’M OUT NOW AND BONDING WITH ALL THE GREAT ADDICTS AT THE MALVERN INSTITUTE. REAL SPECIAL FELLOWS HERE AND I’M HONORED THAT THEY BROUGHT ME ON TO JOIN THEM ON THEIR JOURNEY TO RECOVERY. BUY EAGLES SEASON TICKETS FOR JUST $400!!! ALL PROCEEDS GO TOWARD MY BAIL FUND HELPING THE PATIENTS!!!! THANKS!!! APPRECIATE YOU!!! JUST WESTERN UNION THE MONEY TO ME OR DELIVER IT IN AN UNMARKED ENVELOPE TO THE MALVERN INSTITUTE AND MAKE SURE THERE ARE NO SHARP OBJECTS INSIDE. THANKS!!!!!!!

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Email from reader Chris:

Found Out Tolly lived near me and took this screen grab from google maps of his p/u truck parked outside his house. Notice the charity sticker on his truck door. Im sure it’s been removed since.

THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!! APPRECIATE THAT!!!!!!!

I love Tollie’s gumption. Just drivin’ around, fillin’ up his Silverado with stolen tickets and money. And I assume that decal is a magnet? Need to be able to change it out easily when you forget to pay the hosting bill and have to start a new, shadier looking website:

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I could see Tollie stepping out of that thing. HELLO GOOD FRIENDS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR AWESOME SUPPORT OF TOLLIE’S CHILDREN AND THE WOUNDED WARRIOR FOUNDATION WHICH WANTS NOTHING TO DO WITH US. DOING GREAT THINGS IN THE COMMUNITY. NOW THROW YOUR CHECKS IN THE BED AND I’LL MAIL YOU YOUR TICKETS NEVER.

Voila_Capture 2014-02-24_09-46-56_AMThis will be the least sexy thing I’ll write this week: You can bid on Don Tollefson’s stuff and a Ford Explorer when the contents of the disgraced sportscaster’s storage unit at a North Columbus Boulevard Public Storage get put up for auction at 11:30 a.m. today.

Tollefson, who was unable to pay $25k bond last week and was sent to a Bucks County prison, was, of course, also unable to pay the bill on his storage unit despite allegedly stealing over $100k from unsuspecting local sports fans. From Philly.com:

Detectives were looking for “any evidence of the crime or evidence that he kept the proceeds of his illegal activity” at the Public Storage facility located at 456 N. Columbus Blvd., said Ryan Hyde, a deputy district attorney.

Hyde wouldn’t say if authorities took anything from the units.

The contents of the units and the Explorer are being put up for auction this morning at the storage facility. The auctions are held when units go into delinquency because their owners fail to pay rent during a two-and-a-half-month period.

Anyone can bid on the content of the units and the vehicle.

Wonder if he kept any of the supposedly-stolen-memorabilia-that-sounds-more-like-it-was-hidden-as-part-of-insurance-fraud* in his storage unit? Or, maybe:

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We’ll find out soon.

UPDATE: I’m speechless:

The first locker largely appeared to contain trash. It was packed with cardboard boxes and plastic bags, with broken glass covering the floor. The other had a plaque honoring Tollefson, lamps and other home decorations, among other items.

The blue Blazer, which bore an old “press” sticker on its cracked windshield, sold for $100.

Cool.

UPDATE 2: Victor Fiorillo of Philly Mag was there and came away with…

We found some blank checks belonging to Winning Ways Education out of North Carolina. We found a mostly empty jar of Progresso white clam sauce. And we found a bunch of packs of stirrup socks, one of which I now own. My wife says they’re cute.

He has some photos here.

*According to sources.

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Well THAT escalated quickly.

Don Tollefson, who is being accused of stealing over $100,000, was unable to post the required 10% of his $250,000 bail ($25,000) and has been sent to jail. Directly to jail. He did not collect $200… from unsuspecting fans who thought their road trip money was FOR THE CHILDREN.

In related news: A shady charity website has just gone live. It’s offering PREMIUM Eagles season tickets to all games (HOME AND ROAD!!!) for $25k. You can pay through PayPal, but Western Union or comically large bag of cash is preferred. IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN, DAMMIT.

Here’s video of Tollie being taken out of district court.

UPDATE: His mugshot:

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via (@KennethMoton)

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God dammit, Tollie. The thing said noon. You were supposed to turn yourself in at noon. I was coming over.* You were an hour early. The one time you decide to be an upstanding citizen had to be today. YOU’RE NOT A GOOD GUY!

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*I wasn’t actually going over. I got a new computer chair and it’s reallllly comfortable. Plus it’s cold out. Fuck that shit.

I APPRECIATE THAT!

I APPRECIATE THAT!

Finally we have some resolution.

NBC 10, whose reporting on this as been quite good (AND CERTAINLY BETTER THAN ANY BREAKING WEATHER MILK BREAD AND EGGS ALERT COVERAGE), says Don Tollefson will turn himself in to Bucks Country police today. He is believed to have stolen over $100k using his fraudulent charities:

Warminster Township Police say they will arrest Tollefson, 61, on first- and third-degree felonies and misdemeanors.

“The evidence to date shows that Tollefson, over the past three years, fraudulently solicited money for charities — including the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania, the Salvation Army, and the Brad Fox Foundation — then misappropriated that money. The investigation shows Tollefson victimized more than 100 individuals and misappropriated more than $100,000.”

An arraignment is scheduled for noon in front of Magisterial District Judge Daniel J. Finello.

NBC10 has been following the investigation for months.

Here’s some of our previous Tollie coverage:

Don Tollefson not looking like such a good guy.

Don Tollefson just keeps fucking you.

Don Tollefson is stealing your money.

I don’t live far from the Warminster police station. Maybe I’ll swing by at noon and strike up a few slow claps and goooooooood guy chants.

We’re finally getting some information about the ongoing investigation into Don Tollefson allegedly ripping off hundreds of Philly sports fans through the years.

Will Bender, who, really, should go by Bill Bender, writes in the Daily News:

Criminal investigators in Bucks County have been sifting through mountains of financial transactions since calls started coming in about Tollefson from irate Eagles fans. The IRS and a grand jury are involved, according to a person who was contacted by an investigator.

“We’re into multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars,” a law-enforcement source told the Daily News this week. The source said that Tollefson is almost certain to be charged criminally, and that prosecutors are deciding what charges to file.

That story includes even more TOLLIE TALES.

Voila_Capture210It’s been more than a month and a half since this story first came out and we’ve heard very little about the investigation. We knew Tollefson was being investigated by multiple law enforcement agencies, and we knew he had checked himself into a rehab facility, but that was it. No more updates, no more statements… no more Tollie tales.

But today, William Bender and Molly Eichel of the Daily News, in a lengthy article detailing Tollie’s suspect activities over many years, provided an update on the investigation:

Sources tell the Daily News that Tollefson’s charities have been raising eyebrows for more than a decade, going back to his days at Fox 29, and the multijurisdictional criminal probe into the alleged scam has already expanded beyond the Eagles road-trip snafu.

The investigation now involves the IRS and a grand jury, according to a source recently contacted by a law-enforcement official working the Tollefson case. Websites for most of Tollefson’s charities have gone dark.

“It’s a monster right now,” said Bucks County Deputy District Attorney Ryan Hyde, who specializes in complex white-collar cases, of the Tollefson investigation. “We’ve talked with more than 100 victims. It’s a sizable amount of money.”

Hyde declined to confirm or deny whether a grand jury was investigating Tollefson, but he said authorities are looking into past allegations of theft.

There’s much more in the article, mostly the sort of accusations and character assessments that we’ve detailed here.

Tollefson checked out of an inpatient facility in mid-November, his lawyer told the Daily News, yet no one seems to have heard from him.

On Sunday, though, I received yet another (unsolicited) TOLLIE TALE:

I was at  silent auction at the windrift last summer. I was the first bidder on a set of eagles season tix.  Don was emcee. When I left, I wasn’t lowest bidder.  Thus when don called the next day to say I won I was shocked.  He told me he had several packages to give away and that the money goes to his “one child saved” charity.  The whole thing was shady from the beginning.  Because I was skeptical, I texted with him several times.  He confused me by referring to “one child saved” and wounded warriors charities interchangeably.  My sister also jumped on band wagon after he convincingly assured us deal was legit and she bought second sry of season tix for a grand.  (I also had buddies who bought package deals for 350 dollars to go to Dallas away game; package included air and hotel and tix.).    Days after our purchase, we visited with manager of windrift to express our skepticism.  Within minutes tolly called us.  I joked with him and told him I may seem nice but I was an attorney and if he tried to screw me I would screw him.   He sent us pix with the inner city kids and even a written receipt indicating what we had paid for.

What a scumbag.  He deserves a long jail sentence with a Dallas cell mate!!!!

The natives… they are, rightfully, angry.