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.