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Don Tollefson Pleads Guilty to Fraud

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Don Tollefson, who had been accused of defrauding about 200 people of hundreds of thousands of dollars (and bummed us out beyond comprehension), has pleaded guilty to charges of fruad.

Tollie reportedly told the judge that he has struggled with “45 years of alcholism and drug addiction and multiple mental-health issues.” Sentencing has been deferred for 60 days, but The Inquirer reports that jail-time is expected.

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Don Tollefson Gets Scolded By a Judge, Utters Saddest Statement of All-Time

Don Tollefson declined his right to a preliminary hearing today. His case will go to trial, where prosecutors will present their case for what they’re now saying is $250,000 worth of fraud. Lovely.

A reader who was in attendance – who was ripped off by Tollie – emailed the following:

Tollie waived his hearing and got a little tongue lashing from the judge. He gave a prepared statement to the press. He walked in the courthouse in a suit that was two sizes too small with a button-down shirt two sizes too big.

From The Intelligencer:

District Judge Daniel Finello scolded Tollefson in the courtroom.

“You are a trusted and respected member of our community – you were revered,” Finello said. “What you told us about the Phillies, Eagles and Sixers was true. Because of that I think I’d be far from wrong if I said that this whole affair, this whole mess, is a big disappointment to everyone in the Delaware Valley.”

And one of the saddest two paragraphs ever courtesy of Philly.com:

Tollefson told the throng of reporters: “Thank you for the respect of my wife and my daughter in particular at their home because as you may know I’m separated and living in the city in a North Philadelphia apartment.”

He then shook hands with several reporters and even gave one a hug before driving off.

Seems like a perfect day to wear:

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Don Tollefson Speaks and Spews a Bunch of BS About Addiction

He looks like absolute shit

Don Tollelfson looks like absolute shit

THE DON TOLLEFSON GOOOOOOOOOOD GUY PR APPARATUS HAS BEGUN CRAFTING A NARRATIVE AND AN EXPLANATION FOR THE ALLEGATIONS THAT HE STOLE BOATLOADS OF MONEY FROM UNSUSPECTING LOCAL FANS AND OTHERS. THANKS. APPRECIATE THAT!!!! IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!!

But only it’s not for the children.

In an interview with Laurie Mason Schroeder of Calkins Media – for some strange reason published behind a paywall over Memorial Day Weekend – Tollefson recounted his struggles with addiction to alcohol and painkillers.

Sitting with his lawyer, Tollefson, who will be back in court this week for his preliminary hearing, cited his 2008 accident as the impetus for his addiction to painkillers. All totally believable. But it was completely expected that he would use his struggles with addiction to both justify his alleged misdeeds and soften the blow to his public persona. He refused to talk about the allegations against him and even checked with his lawyer before answering a question about what his time in prison was like (“Hey Tollie! Where are my Eagles tickets?”). He proceeded explained that he became a much more spiritual person and grew his relationship with his Christian God.

What nonsense.

He also told Schroeder that he would like to speak to children about addiction:

He wants you to read this story and talk about him. Then, he says, he wants you to talk to your kids about addiction.

“We are in danger of losing a large part of our generation to drugs. It is happening in every American community. Young people are starting earlier and they’re using more serious drugs. The ones I met in rehab didn’t know where to turn. They wanted help, they needed help, but they didn’t know how to get help.”

This guy. It takes some MASSIVE balls to, after years of ripping people off in the name of THE CHILDREN, spin your struggles with addiction into a wag the dog event to distract people from the myriad accusations against you. And what may be worse is that the Doylestown Intelligencer gave him the platform to spew his deflecting propaganda.

Tollefson may want you to believe that he dug himself a hole with addiction and that’s what caused him to scam local sports fans and others, but something tells me that we’re soon going to learn that his alleged history of scamming goes much deeper than what we already know…

Links:

Here’s the story that’s behind a paywall.

And here’s a partial video of the interview.

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My Don Tollefson Jersey Hath Arrived

Well, it came over the weekend– the random ass Don Tollefson Sports TV jersey that was for sale on eBay last week. It was a $50 Buy-It-Now, but I played hardball and got it down to $20. I told you I’d report back and, well, here I am. IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN!!! THANKS!!! APPRECIATE THAT!!!!

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Don Tollefson is Out of Jail and in Rehab

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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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Don Tollefson’s Pickup Truck Wouldn’t Have Been Sketchier if it was a White Van with Wolf Window Graphics

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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.

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UPDATE: Don Tollefson’s Shit to Be Put Up for Auction Today

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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Don Tollefson Can’t Post Bail, is Jailed

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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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