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Don Tollefson released from prison, sent to rehab

Don Tollefson was transferred from Bucks County Jail to a Chester County drug and alcohol rehab center, according to media reports.

Don Tollefson, 61, is back in rehab. Credit: File photo. Don Tollefson, 61, is back in rehab. Credit: File photo.

Don Tollefson was transferred from Bucks County Jail to a Chester Countydrug and alcohol rehab center, according to media reports.

The Doylestown Intelligencer reported Wednesday that Tollefson, 61, was scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing this week, but was instead sent to an in-patient program at the Malvern Institute at his request.

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The former sports broadcaster, of Wyndmoore, known for his boisterous personality on local television stations Fox29 and 6 ABC and his overuse of the word “Awesome,” was charged in February with stealing about $100,000 from more than 100 people over a three year period, according to the Bucks County District Attorney’s office.

Tollefson allegedly collected money for various charities or in exchange for sports-trip packages but pocketed most of the funds instead.

When he was arraigned in mid-February, Tollefson told a judge he was fighting substance abuse, but had been clean for 131 days.

In late February two of his personal storage lockers and an old Chevrolet Blazer were auctioned off for a grand total of $875.

The Intelligencer reported that a new preliminary hearing date has tentatively been set for May 29.

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