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December 16, 2014

Pa. Sportscaster Withdraws Guilty Plea in Charity-Fraud Case

Don Tollefson, a longtime fixture on Philadelphia television who pleaded guilty in September to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from people who purchased travel packages ostensibly to benefit charities, has changed his plea and will stand trial next month, representing himself, the Allentown Morning Call writes.

The former sportscaster was due to be sentenced Monday but instead changed his plea on felony-theft charges to not guilty, asserting that the case against him should be a civil rather than a criminal matter. Prosecutors contend that Mr. Tollefson, who was arrested in February, stole some $340,000 from more than 200 victims who said they purchased sports-related excursions from groups associated with the broadcaster but did not receive promised flight and game tickets.