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Sportscaster Tollefson under investigation for fraud

Due to unemployment, illness, or other unexpected life events, Pennsylvanians sometimes face financial struggles. In these circumstances, some people turn to various forms of white-collar crime to raise the money they need to cover medical expenses, mortgage payments, and more. However, it is also important to remember that anyone who has been accused of such crimes is innocent until proven guilty.

Popular sportscaster Don Tollefson is reportedly receiving treatment for some type of medical condition; however, the details are not clear. It is possible that the expense of this treatment has led him to seek extra money from some of his nonprofit organizations.

According to some of his donors, Tollefson has been selling them large travel packages, which cost as much as $2,500 each. Tollefson promised that proceeds from the sale would be donated to his charity, Winning Way. However, the charity was never formally registered with the IRS as a nonprofit, and the people who bought the packages still haven’t received them. Instead, they had to purchase their airfare at the last minute.

Tollefson has apologized to his donors, and he promises to repay them as soon as his charities become financially viable. Nevertheless, an investigation is underway, and Tollefson could face serious fraud charges. If he is convicted, it is possible that the donors will not be repaid for the money they contributed to his organizations.

People who are convicted of white-collar crimes such as fraud and embezzlement often receive prison sentences. Anyone who has been accused of such crimes may want to work with an attorney.

Source: The Morning Call, “Popular sportscaster Don Tollefson focus of police investigation,” Oct. 18, 2013

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