Bolsinger pleads not guilty

Former Ashland Daily Tidings editor Andrew Scot Bolsinger pleaded not guilty to nearly two dozen theft and forgery charges when he was arraigned in Jackson County Circuit Court Friday.

Bolsinger, currently serving a nearly two-year sentence in the Santiam Correctional Institute in Salem for sexual abuse, was brought back to Jackson County to hear the charges against him.

Bolsinger was indicted in October on nine counts each of aggravated first-degree theft and first-degree forgery, as well as two counts of first-degree theft and three counts of identity theft.

Prosecutors allege that he stole the identities of friends-turned-investors as he forged loan documents and took money from banks, lending companies and investors. The losses totaled $200,000, prosecutors said.

His wife, Lori Bolsinger, was named as a codefendant and indicted on single counts of first-degree theft and first-degree forgery. She was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to the two charges in November. The next hearing on her case is set for April 12

Court documents and a Mail Tribune investigation into the Bolsingers' business dealings indicate that Scot Bolsinger struck business deals in which he ultimately racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of debt.

Bolsinger bought The Main Source, a copying business, Lithia Stationers, the Jefferson State Pub and Pipon's, a Mexican restaurant. The pub reverted back to its original owners and the other businesses closed.

Bolsinger was fired in February 2008 from his post at the Daily Tidings, which is a sister paper to the Mail Tribune. His dismissal came shortly after he was arrested Jan. 25, 2008, on charges linked to allegations that he had participated in sex acts with a 16-year-old girl when he was a teacher and coach at Willamette Valley Christian School in Brooks, near Salem, in 2000.

In April 2009, Bolsinger pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of third-degree sexual abuse stemming from four separate incidents cited in that case. He was sentenced to 20 months in prison.

Reach reporter Anita Burke at 541-776-4485, or e-mail

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