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Former Philadelphia Sportscaster Don Tollefson Learns Fate in Charity Scheme

Ex-sportscaster gets 2 to 4 years for selling bogus trips

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    Former Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson, who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars intended for charity, is going to prison. (Published Wednesday, March 25, 2015)

    A former Philadelphia sportscaster convicted of selling bogus sports-themed trips that he said would help various charities has been sentenced to two to four years in prison.

    Don Tollefson faced up to 37 years.

    The 62-year-old apologized in Bucks County Court on Wednesday, saying every day was "a humiliating reflection" of his actions. He appeared in a wrinkled suit, his hands cuffed in front of him. He told the judge he is sorry for what transpired.

    "What I did was so terrible to these people," he said.

    Former Sportscaster's Lawyer Argues Against Jail Time

    [PHI] Former Sportscaster's Lawyer Argues Against Jail Time
    Former Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson is facing up to 37 years behind bars for stealing more than $300,000 from people who believed the money was going to charity. Tollefson's lawyer is arguing against jail time for his client.
    (Published Wednesday, March 25, 2015)

    Prosecutors accused Tollefson of defrauding more than 200 sports fans out of $340,000 worth of sports travel packages that never materialized. He portrayed himself as a bad businessman who tried to help too many charities.

    Tollefson's attorney argued unsuccessfully that putting his client behind bars would do little good. He also cited all the good Tollefson's charities had done for poor children.

    Tollefson earlier agreed to a plea deal calling for a seven-month sentence but withdrew the plea and went to trial.

    He showed remorse Wednesday.

    "I know I need to be punished for what I did," said Tollefson.