Former Sports Anchor Don Tollefson Is Under Investigation by Warminster Police

He collected money for Eagles trips that never happened.

UPDATE: According to a report in the Inquirer, Warminster police are now investigating claims that Don Tollefson did not follow through on travel packages to Eagles games and other events.

“Early in the week, we were only getting a few calls,” said James Donnelly, Warminster’s police chief. “Now, they’re calling every day.”

In the piece, South Philadelphian Lou Berman, who’d purchased a package he’d not yet received, and had plans to resell it to benefit his childhood autism charity Louie’s Voice, summed up Philly’s continuing fascination with its TV news personalities:

“You have to understand the dynamic here,” Berman added. “A lot of people would have looked at this [price] and said, ‘It’s too good to be true.’ But it was legendary Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson.”

ORIGINAL [October 15, 2013] :The Times Herald reports: “In the past few weeks former 6ABC and Fox29 sportscaster Don Tollefson has taken heat from locals around Montgomery County for selling packages of away games for $750 to local organizations that would raffle them off to their customers, then failing to deliver the tickets.”

Problems began when winners of tickets for the Eagles’ Sept. 29 game at Denver were unable to reach Tollefson to get the tickets or go to the game, the newspaper reports. Tollefson told the paper he canceled the trips because he wanted better travel accommodations for those who had won the trips; he denied taking the money for himself. Repayments have been complicated, he said.




“Some people paid for the tickets through Pay-pal and are asking to be reimbursed through a credit card and others paid for more than one person for the trip," he told the Times Herald, "so I’m working out who should be paid back.”

The Eagles, meanwhile, have denied any affiliation with Tollefson, and told the Times Herald he was not authorized to use the team's logo in his promotion.

UPDATE: Tollefson is now being taken to court over a New Orleans Super Bowl trip.

 

 

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  • Chris Schmidt

    i was taken by this guy last year he ruined my superbowl in new orleans

    • Frank DiRosato

      you did get to go with a cute hairdresser

  • Judge

    There are 4 of us that we’re taken…$3000.00 promised the away game package

  • LED

    This is so sad….I hope Don refunds us all and can explain what happened. Very sad…

  • Bud

    I know of at ton of people who paid for a trip to the Tampa Bay game this past weekend that never happened. No refunds in sight.

  • David

    I know 3 people who he ripped off for 5k

  • Jeff Lurie

    He’s a Goooooooooooooood Guy

  • Scammed by Tolley

    Got me too as far back as Superbowl 2004

  • RightsTough

    “legendary Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson”. . . . How is this chuckle head a legend? He’s a glad hander who took advantage of idealist people. Folks, beware of the naked man who offers you the shirt off his back!

  • RightsTough

    How many people do you think are reading this and telling their friends, “Hey remember when that sportscaster from the 1970’s offered me a too-good-to-be-true deal and I laughed in his face . . .?” Well…. like PT Barnum he kept shaking hands and found other suckers.

  • http://www.tedshecklersrareyetnotimpossibletogetmoviememorabilia.com/ Theodore Sheckler

    The assholes at Fox 29 are blurring Tollefsen’s face. Why? Oh of course they protect their own.

  • Diana, from the UK

    I met Don some 36 years ago when he was covering a sports event at Haverford College. He was a young, workaholic TV reporter then, clearly destined for great things. So it makes me very sad to read about all the controversy and negative publicity surrounding some of his activities. What’s really happened here?