It has become apparent that there are quite a few people out there who say they’ve been scammed or otherwise wronged by longtime Philadelphia television personality Don Tollefson. Allentown-based roofing contractor Jim Krasley is one of them, and he’s the first one to take Tollefson to court.
“I was scammed big time,” says Krasley, who has filed a civil suit against Tollefson in Montgomery County District Court over a trip that Tollefson arranged to the Super Bowl in New Orleans in February.
Krasley says he met Tollefson in 2012 at the Tally-Ho Tavern in Bethlehem after a golf tournament both had participated in. When he heard about the upcoming Super Bowl trip that Tollefson was planning, he decided to buy in.
"It was a great deal," says Krasley. "I go to the Super Bowl almost every year. That's my high. I've been in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl. I was at the Super Bowl in Miami, and I stayed at the Fontainebleau in a suite. So I knew this was a good deal."
Here's the certificate that Krasley says Tollefson gave him that night at the bar:
As you can see, the flier clearly indicates that the deal was of benefit to the charity Winning Ways, which has come up in the investigation that's growing around Tollefson. (Attempts to reach Tollefson have been unsuccessful.)
According to Krasley, he later gave Tollefson a check for $4,200, which was supposed to cover round-trip airfare, 20-yard-line game tickets, and four nights in a hotel for two people.
In the end, Krasley claims that Tollefson dropped the ball on the plane tickets, forcing the roofer to go out-of-pocket for $2,443.60 to purchase last-minute round-trip airfare.
According to the suit, Tollefson was also supposed to coordinate the return of Krasley's rental car in New Orleans. "He said, don't worry he has a guy to pick it up," Krasley writes in the suit. "I called the airport and hotel to verify and he never had the car picked up. I had to have it towed, incurring additional costs in the amount of $395."
He also alleges in the suit that Tollefson charged his credit card $500, which he says he did not authorize.
"It was a real mess," remembers Krasley. "We stayed in the French Quarter for two nights, and then we get a call at 5 a.m. saying that we have to change hotels. The new hotel was 50 miles away. And those 20-yard-line seats? Nope. We were up behind a goal post. It was a nightmare."
When he got back from New Orleans, he called Tollefson to complain about the trip. "He said, 'Don't worry about nothing,'" Krasley tells me. "He said he would pay me back with a check. Well, I never seen him. I never heard from him."