Former Philly Sportscaster Don Tollefson to Learn Fate in Charity Scheme

A disgraced former Philadelphia sportscaster will learn his fate for swiping more than $317,000 from hundreds of victims during a charity scheme.

Don Tollefson pleaded guilty earlier this year to misrepresenting a charity, theft and related charges. One Monday afternoon he will be sentenced in a Bucks County courtroom.

The former FOX29 and 6ABC sports anchor said that his battle with addiction caused him to not deliver on sports trips that he would auction off at various charity events.

Prosecutors requested full restitution to more than 200 victims who never received the tickets of sports packages they were promised.

Tollefson allegedly funneled money he raised on behalf of charitable organizations into his bank accounts, prosecutors said.

The 62-year-old was released from jail earlier this year to spend 30 days in a drug and alcohol treatment program. His release stipulations were that he remained on house arrest, take his medications and follow bail conditions, according to court records.

He faces up to 30 years in prison.

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