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Former Tidings editor back in prison

Andrew Bolsinger violated rules in transition program
 Posted: 10:06 AM July 02, 2011

Former Ashland Daily Tidings editor Andrew Scot Bolsinger was returned to prison this week to finish his sentence for bilking investors in his failed downtown Ashland businesses after he violated rules at a transition program in Phoenix.

Bolsinger, 44, had been at the Jackson County Transition Center since April 25 and was serving out his sentence there when he was bounced from the state's Alternative Incarceration Program last week. State records show he had repeated violations and will now remained imprisoned until May 2012.

While on transitional leave at the center, Bolsinger was allowed to come and go from the facility and work in the community. He was expected to live under a set of conditions that included being truthful to his case workers and participating in specific treatment programs, records show.

Jackson County Community Justice staff asked the Oregon Department of Corrections to terminate Bolsinger's participation in the alternative program and return him to prison "for untruthful behavior and failure to participate" in treatment programs, according to a Community Justice report.

"Mr. Bolsinger demonstrates continued untruthful behavior making it difficult to supervise him in the community," parole and probation Officer Dana Cline wrote in the report.

That report, called a Technical Violations Report, was obtained by the Mail Tribune via a public-records request. Many of the details about lies and manipulative behavior attributed to Bolsinger were redacted.

Also redacted from the report were details of the two treatment programs from which he was removed. But a Salem judge ordered Bolsinger to enroll in a sex-offender treatment program after his 2009 conviction on an unrelated sex-abuse charge.

The report also had no employment information about Bolsinger since his return to Jackson County.

He was arrested on a state corrections warrant June 22 at Community Justice offices in Medford and lodged at the Jackson County Jail, said Nate Gaoiran, a Community Justice program manager.

Bolsinger was transported and lodged Tuesday at the Coffee Creek Correctional Intake Center in Wilsonville, where he will be re-evaluated by specialists and eventually assigned to one of the state's prison facilities, said Laurene Brenner, assistant to the intake center's superintendent.

Corrections officials have since calculated his earliest release date as May 13, 2012.

Bolsinger was sentenced to three years in prison in April 2010 for bilking former business partners out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in a string of felony forgery, theft and identity theft crimes during 2006-07. He said at the time the crimes were due to his excessive pride and bad business judgments and fueled by a desire to succeed but not by greed.

Bolsinger and his wife, Lori Bolsinger, owned and operated a string of downtown businesses with the aid of several investors who said they trusted Bolsinger in part because he was editor of the community's newpaper.

Court documents and a Mail Tribune investigation into Bolsinger's financial dealings indicated that he struck business deals in which he ultimately incurred hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.

In doing so, he forged loan documents with the names of investors and stole money from the businesses and/or investors, court documents state.

Bolsinger was fired in February 2008 from the Daily Tidings, which is a sister paper of the Mail Tribune.

While awaiting trial on the financial crimes, he was convicted of sex abuse involving a teenage girl he coached and taught while at a Salem-area school in 2000. He was sent to prison on that conviction in July 2009.

In September, Lori Bolsinger, 44 was sentenced to 18 months' probation after pleading guilty to single counts of first-degree theft and first-degree forgery for her role in the schemes.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or email at

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