How to Pronounce 'Tollefson:' Fraud Trial Against Sportscaster Continues to Be Strange - NBC 10 Philadelphia

How to Pronounce 'Tollefson:' Fraud Trial Against Sportscaster Continues to Be Strange

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    Former Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson defends himself against charity fraud charges. (Published Friday, Jan. 16, 2015)

    While not as exciting as Thursday's alleged blood sugar attack, Friday's continuation of the trial of Don Tollefson attempted to delve deeper into the fraud charges against the disgraced sportscaster.

    However, much of the content proved to be mostly repetitive.

    Looking a little desperate, a hospital bracelet around his wrist, Tollefson continued to assert his innocence as prosecutor Matthew Weintraub wrapped up his cross examination. However it was not before the two had an argument over how to pronounce each other's last names.

    Tollefson stuck by his claim of bad business practices and said that he will spend the rest of his life paying back the hundreds of thousands of dollars he owes to donors, ticket vendors (William Penn Tickets), and online payment systems (PayPal).

    Tollefson Leaves Court for Hospital

    [PHI] Tollefson Leaves Court for Hospital
    A health issue put the trial of former sportscaster Don Tollefson on pause Thursday. Tollefson called our newsroom to tell us he was treated for medical problem related to his diabetes.
    (Published Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015)

    He spent most of the afternoon attempting to refute Weintraub's accusations, particularly in terms of using charitable funds for his own personal use. Tollefson wanted to prove that all of his expenses were connected to Winning Ways, the "passion of his life."

    For instance, he claimed that lawn care services he had paid for with nonprofit funds was not for his personal home, but on a property he owns in Chester County. He said that, before his financial problems, he hoped to convert the acre and a half property into a foster home or recovery house.

    Many financial numbers were thrown around by the accused and his defense — Tollefson is representing himself — devolved into rambling and repetition at times.

    "I'm tired of me," said a bemused Tollefson at the end of his lengthy redirect.

    He also called Robert and Jane Landau, a husband and wife who attended the 2012 London Olympics with Winning Ways, as witnesses. Their testimony was meant to shed a positive light on the charity's programming.

    The court will reconvene on Tuesday morning when Tollefson will question up to nine more witnesses. The judge announced that both sides should anticipate presenting their closing statements to the jury.

    Tollefson Resumes Testifying in Fraud Trial

    [PHI] Tollefson Resumes Testifying in Fraud Trial
    Former popular sportscaster Don Tollefson resumed testifying at his fraud trial in Bucks County Wednesday and NBC10 was in court as he presented personal finance information as evidence.
    (Published Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015)