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FIRST ON 3: Documents show what led to possible Berger home foreclosure

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The problems keep piling up for New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger.

Just last week he was caught driving without a license. Now he could lose his home.

Documents filed last week show steps are being taken to foreclose on Berger's home. We also have paperwork that proves his ex-girlfriend, who is also listed on the deed, has been trying to sell or rent the home, but Berger has been less than cooperative.

Berger and Karyn Crichton bought the home on Commons Way back in 2005 for $215,000. Shortly after they refinanced it in 2009, their relationship ended.

According to court documents, Crichton moved out of the home because of psychological, verbal and physical abuse. At the time, Crichton agreed to pay part of the mortgage. The home was also put up for sale, but it never sold.

In court documents, Crichton claims Berger refused to list the property at a fair market price. Their realtor e-mailed them in September 2009 and January 2010 saying they needed to lower the price to $245,000. Four months later the realtor notified them that she would be removing the lockbox on the home, because of lack of communication. Crichton claims Berger never returned the realtor's e-mails or calls.

Crichton also tried to find berger a roommate. An affidavit Crichton filed in court included these e-mails from seven prospective renters interested in moving into the home. Crichton claims when she went to stage the property toilets were dirty, there was standing water in the kitchen and the floors and carpets were dirty.

Crichton went six months without paying her share of the mortgage in 2010. In August of that year, she paid Berger $2,100 for what she owed. Now, it appears, no one is paying the mortgage.

An "appointment of substitute trustee" was filed with the Register of Deeds office Wednesday. That is one of the initial steps taken in the foreclosure process.

We spoke with Crichton earlier today. She did not want to comment.

Commissioner Berger has not return our calls.

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A one man wrecking ball

Berger is the issue here, he is the only person responsible for his actions. Berger is the loser you elected. After reading the posts, why does it appear everyone other than Berger is responsible??? Berger exhibits no personal responsibility for his complete lack of judgement, and continually exhibits little regard for himself or others. Berger is delusional, and needs to wake up and accept responsibility for his actions. His girlfriends past and present have nothing to do with Bergers behavior...Berger is a one man wrecking ball and has created his own path of destruction.

Brian Burger has proved that

Brian Burger has proved that he has no ethics, morals or integrity.

He should be ashamed of himself.

Berger

I know both Karyn and Brian personally and I can tell you that Karyn is a brilliant, friendly, hardworking, outstanding young woman that Brian has taken advantage of for years. Karyn was forced to end her relationship with Brian and move out of her home because she was so afraid of him. Brian moved another woman in and forced Karyn to pay half the mortgage, or the house would go to foreclosure and that would negatively impact her credit. She paid half the mortgage for years (even though she didn't live there) and hoped that they could sell or rent the house. But no, Brian wouldn't communicate with the realtor,and he trashed the house in what seemed to be an effort to keep anyone from wanting to buy or rent it. That way he and his girlfriend could stay there while Karyn paid half the mortgage for them. I was outraged when I heard this. Only the lowest of the low would be so unethical. I hope the house does go to foreclosure so Karyn can finally be done with this nut. I'm just sorry it will impact her credit for years, but I guess that's the price she will have to pay to get rid of him.
I'll never forget the day I read that Brian had won an election. I was in shock. All I could think of why would anyone vote for someone they knew nothing about. I guess it was just the old...I'm voting for anyone but the other guy thing that was going around that year. Hopefully, people will learn from this and do a little research before the next elections.

elections have consequences

"All I could think of why would anyone vote for someone they knew nothing about."

I agree...but that's how Obama got elected.

is it my imagination, or are

is it my imagination, or are every one of the retort/ replies for comments never address the actual comment? comment aboy berger" ...reply: obama said...blah blah. Comment abot berger, reply: obama said balah blah. comment about berger, reply: the moon is made of green cheese. blah blah.

I've read these posts for a long while. It doesn't take a model rocket scientist to figure out who is creating the "word salad" replies.

Its my understanding this bereger is a troubled individual who was probably coddled his entire life, receives financing from his parents or some other benefactor since he cannot, will not or is completely incapable of being responsible in obtaining or holding a job.

From the PDF document pertaining to the refinance, berger and cryton are listed as "non married" at the top of the document. I'm sure Obama had nothing to do with this fiasco.

For anyone who reviews the history of berger, you come to the same conclusion...a troubled narcissitic baby who has been exposed time and again as a fraud and a minipulator.

I'm sure more dirt will surface about this lowlife.

And free stuff

Obama was elected with the promise of free stuff to the moochers in this country.

Obama

You should be ashamed of yourself! Obama is a fine man who is trying to help us out of what other presidents put us in. He is making progress! I hope he wins again! Good luck Mr. President!!!

Spoken like a true moocher....

...or a guilt-ridden White liberal who hates herself for being successful.

The Berger File:

Could there be a little fraud pertaining to the mortgage? Don't forget the Unemployment benefits He received while a commissioner. Does that not constitute another look? This man has a penchant towards bending the rules to His favor. The amounts in both of these situations would qualify to felonies I believe. I may be wrong. One thing is for sure, Berger is a boil on the behind of the County and from Me, that's putting it mildly.

Response to Guest 1234 re Berger

Response to Guest 1234 - Obviously, you don't know Karyn or the truth. Karyn has worked very hard to earn her position as a planner. Putting herself through school with student loans and earning her Masters degree with honors. For years she has tried to work with Berger to sell the house and go their separate ways, but as many in Wilmington have experienced, Berger refuses to work with anyone, and blames the victims for his shortcomings.

One way to get rid of this IDIOT is to dig a little deeper!

We must look in more detail into Berger's past and present dealings. It is very possible some of his many infractions may make him a felon if convicted. Then he would have to step down.

Berger Foreclosure

The article refers to Karyn Crichton as Brian Berger's "ex-girlfriend." However, the mortgage document signed by them on January 5, 2009 clearly lists them as husband and wife. Big difference.

Presumably the document preparer was working off their application for the mortgage. If in fact they represented themselves as married in order to get refinanced because, for instance, Berger was not working and/or had worse credit than when they bought the house and needed to rely on the possibly better credit of Crichton (which would require that the co-owners be married )---well, that's FRAUD both federal and state, and anywhere else both would be prosecuted, found guilty and if in a job that was a position of trust, e.g. a government job or elected position, they would be removed from their jobs or expected to resign.

WWAY, please get to the bottom of this for your viewers.

Signed,

NOT WHAT I VOTED FOR

But this document filed in the Register of Deeds

on 1/26/2009, a full three weeks later, lists them as unnmarried.

https://srvrodweb.nhcgov.com/imgcache/opr2009002330-1-2.pdf

If the documents did in fact

If the documents did in fact list them as "husband and wife",....then that in FACT does put a completely different spin on this "Berger drama"......Mr. Berger claimed that he did not know where his ex girlfriend worked??? Yet he purchased a house filling out MANY documents which based the purchase on the INCOME of BOTH parties!Looks like that WHO ever financed the home needs to file FRAUD charges against BOTH of them!!! It is people like this that make the "REAL working class" stuggle to purchase a home. Keep diggin WWAY, the more you find out...the better it gets...And to the JUDGES in New Hanover County..... I hope they are following the news.... BECAUSE looks to me like a CLEAR violation of that restraining order!! He can't lie his way out of this...legal documents have PROVEN otherwise. He is not interested in the citizens of New Hanover County. He is just interested in ATTENTION he is getting from all of this!!

Clerical Error

Karyn Crichton and Brian Berger were never married. Clerical error.

Petition Carolyn Justice

Alot of ASSumptions are being made . . . .know the facts before you post. Look up the documents, don't comment falsly and feed your lines of ASSumptions public, otherwise run for office or call Carolyn Justice. She can petition the General Assembly to do what they did in Topsail for a recall Election. . . .thank god you guys are not reporters. . . .

Crichton also works for NHC

This whole situation seems a little "fishy" to me... Karyn Crichton and Brian Berger are both from Maryland and then came here and bought a house - listed as an unmarried couple. Then, Crichton got a job in 2006 with the NHC Planning Department as an Administrative Specialist...which apparently makes you qualified to be a planner, because she became one in 3 short years of working as a glorified secretary. I know she was gong to school for her MPA during this time, but she was promoted to planner BEFORE she graduated!

The article states, "According to court documents, Crichton moved out of the home because of psychological, verbal and physical abuse." Now really, are we supposed to believe that she filed paperwork with the court that she was abused -- BUT she served as the representatives from NHC with him for the Wilmington Urban Area Bike/Ped Committee? The Bike/Ped members advise the Transportation Advisory Committee members... So again I ask...are we really supposed to believe that she is fearful of being abused but advises him for a committee?

Her profile on LinkedIn indicates that she is not above lying. Her profile lists that she has worked for New Hanover County as a Planner since 2007...definitely NOT true. I guess she is just stretching the truth...like them being married.

I wish that WWAY would look into the corruption at ALL levels of the government and find out why a seemingly unqualified person was promoted to a position that they lacked the requisite knowledge and education to have...Why this same person was listed as a reference on Berger's board applications...Why the whitepages show her address as a 1/2 -- indicating an apartment -- in a structure that is listed as a single-family home by the tax department. It seems that she has been getting away with an awful lot of things since she moved here with her boyfriend, Berger.

The answer is quite clear.

The answer is quite clear. She is very intelligent and figured out that you don't actually have to be qualified to get a higher job in the New Hanover County area. You have to have the magic piece of paper- AKA as a degree from UNCW. The general practice in this area is to keep things closed off unless you do this. They pretend like other schools don't exist, including Cape Fear.There is an unwritten understanding between the major employers and UNCW that they will hire and promote so many of their graduates regardless of experience or judgment. Yet, if you are from here or relocate here and you are truly qualified and have degrees from other areas they ignore you. They will say you don't meet the mimimum requirements or they have chosen the best candidate but most of the time you will not even get an interview. What a joke. A candidate who has never worked anywhere before is the best candidate because the agency knows they can get over by paying less and claiming they are helping the graduates. You can have all the technical knowledge required and it won't matter. On the other side, there are many upper level positions held be people who don't have any degrees, don't meet the minimum requirements and they got into the system a long time ago. They are so scared that they will lose their jobs that they go along with this and they take advantage as well because they let the grads do all their work for them and then they take credit.

So UNCW promotes itself as creating a lot to the economy but the truth is they hog every position and create havoc to the local residents' economy. The only jobs open to locals are the sh.. jobs that the college grads think are beneath them.

The bottom line is it's not what you know but who you know and what school you went to.

Do you have proof she claimed Brian and her were married

You do know there is no law against 2 people not married buying a house right??

I'm a friend of Karyn's

and her LinkedIn profile originally listed her as the Administrative Support Specialist but she shorted herself a year and wrote 2007 instead of 2006. When she was originally promoted, she changed the title but nothing else for a long time. At worst, it was an oversight.

Karyn became engrossed in the planning profession after she began working with NHC and frequently spoke with enthusiasm about projects occurring at work and her graduate studies. Even before she was promoted, she spent a lot of time enthusiastically talking and reading about planning related topics and they became the focus of her graduate studies. After between three and four years in her original job, and maybe a year short of finishing her Master's degree (summa cum laude), she was promoted to the Planner position. She absolutely loves working as a Planner and has enormous enthusiasm for her job. Meet her and you'll possibly rethink your preconceived notions about local government workers.

Since we're all into online info today, here's a bit more for you: the job descriptions on the NHC web site:
http://www.nhcgov.com/HR/Pages/JobClassesAndPayRanges.aspx

Scroll down to Planner.
Requirements for this position include:
Training and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in Planning and one year of professional level planning experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Master’s Degree strongly preferred.

Sounds as though a person who had worked in a planning department for a few years and was well on her way to a Master's degree meets that "equivalent combination of education and experience" and was not a "seemingly unqualified person...promoted to a position that they lacked the requisite knowledge and education to have"

In case you're wondering, she was promoted over a year after her relationship with Berger ended and over a year before he was elected to office. Karyn has worked her arse off to attain what she's achieved.

Guest14578

Yes, I'm sure the inconsistencies on her LinkedIn profile are oversights or clerical errors... She seems to have a lot of them... Hmm...

Well, all the enthusiasm in the world doesn't make you qualified for diddly-squat! Her undergraduate degree did NOT make her qualified to be a planner. So, I fail to see how a little on the job training and an incomplete degree suddenly make her qualified!

You claim that you are her friend, but she has clearly misled you... If she was as knowledgeable as you think she is, then she would know that NO MATTER what her GPA was... Master's level degrees DO NOT come with a distinction. So, is this just another oversight... or another lie??

Oh, in case you are wondering... Karyn has clearly slithered back to her LinkedIn profile to change the dates concerning her employment as a planner...

She refinanced her home in January of 2009 and was promoted in October of 2009... That doesn't seem like it was over a year after the relationship ended to me.. but I'm sure it was just another oversight/clerical error... Riiiiight.

By the way, I didn't insinuate that she was helped by her relationship with Berger...but it seems to be the first thing that you thought... Hmm, guess it IS that clear to everyone that there is something fishy...

You are one obsessed person...

and know as much about this woman, if not more, than many of her friends. Creepy.

"Well, all the enthusiasm in the world doesn't make you qualified for diddly-squat! Her undergraduate degree did NOT make her qualified to be a planner. So, I fail to see how a little on the job training and an incomplete degree suddenly make her qualified!"

What part of "or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above" do you not understand? Three to four years of working in a planning department and being close to finishing a Graduate degree in Public Administration (with a Planning concentration) is "an equivalent combination of education and experience" and counts as a bit more than "a little on the job training." She was qualified for the position when she was promoted and has since been recognized in NHC's Gallery of Excellence for role model employees.

Also, to address the criticisms you've lobbed at her previous job...It might be your opinion that her original job in her department is a "glorified secretary" but you are decidedly wrong and this is offensive to a lot of hard working people in similar positions everywhere who are the backbone of their departments. Regardless of how special your mother made you feel that you are, your opinions are just that - opinions. Considering your first post about her came in at 12:26am on a week night, I'm guessing you're not in a position to be criticizing anyone's job. Good luck, it's tough out there right now. Oh, but you're an airline pilot, ER doctor or something else nocturnal and glamorous, right? Sure you are.

"You claim that you are her friend, but she has clearly misled you... If she was as knowledgeable as you think she is, then she would know that NO MATTER what her GPA was... Master's level degrees DO NOT come with a distinction. So, is this just another oversight... or another lie??"

She is my friend and she hasn't misled me. That was MY oversight. I remembered that she graduated with a 3.9 GPA but I never earned a Master's degree so I was thinking in undergrad terms. My mistake for not checking with you as you're clearly the expert on her. Distinction or not, is her GPA high enough for you since you are the self-proclaimed expert on what makes a planner qualified?

"Oh, in case you are wondering... Karyn has clearly slithered back to her LinkedIn profile to change the dates concerning her employment as a planner.."

I haven't been cyber-stalking her in the last few days, as some have, but she probably heard someone has been creeping her online activities and ranting about them online. I've only spoken to Karyn once since this all started. I'm taking it more personally than she is. She keeping her head up. However, she did tell me of some interesting names who've visited her LinkendIn profile recently. ;) Life's been tough hasn't it?

"She refinanced her home in January of 2009 and was promoted in October of 2009... That doesn't seem like it was over a year after the relationship ended to me.. but I'm sure it was just another oversight/clerical error... Riiiiight."

Yes it was just another oversight. Again, MY oversight - I was short by a few months. She ended her relationship with Berger almost immediately after re-financing the house. Allow me to rephrase: She received her promotion almost a year after her relationship with Berger ended and over a year before he was elected. Happy now? Oversights/clerical errors happen to everyone and that includes you. You referred to me as guest14578. I was guest 14587. See, even someone as critical and perfect as you makes mistakes. The world is an imperfect place. People transpose numbers, run red lights, quit jobs they shouldn't have quit, have to live with their mothers, etc. ;)

"By the way, I didn't insinuate that she was helped by her relationship with Berger...but it seems to be the first thing that you thought... Hmm, guess it IS that clear to everyone that there is something fishy..."

So you think it was the first thing I thought but I put at the end of my post? Logic wasn't your strong suit was it? Anyhow, you did say "It seems that she has been getting away with an awful lot of things since she moved here with her boyfriend, Berger." That seems like a rather strong assertion but I wasn't thinking of just you when I wrote that. You are not the center of everyone's universe in spite of all your narcissism. That was for anyone who might even entertain the notion that she benefited from her relationship with Berger. I've never heard Karyn say a negative word about Berger. She tends to look forward, not backward, but by anyone's estimation, that relationship has caused her an undue amount of hardship and heartache. Hence this discussion. It's been almost three years since she ended that relationship, her name is still stuck on a deed for a house she can't sell, she's facing a foreclosure and now she's in the news being discussed by creepy people who know a frightening amount about her.

Not obsessed...

just interested in the news! A google search on someone is NOT stalking. I like to know who all of the "players" in the news story are. I don't think my name would have come up on her list of people who viewed her profile, since I don't have one myself. I'm sure she had a lot of visitors though since her name was in the news.

Since your most recent post came in at 2:15pm, I can assume that you either don't work or browse the net while you are being paid. This is a lengthy comment to have typed while on the clock, so I hope it wasn't while you were at work. No, I don't work since I am retired.

Yes, I did transpose the numbers in your name, my eyes aren't what they used to be. As to the other things you listed, red light, etc. I have no clue what you are talking about. I think most drivers have run a light before... People quit jobs and some live with their mothers, but I don't know what that has to do with me.......?

Well, hopefully she will be able to sell the house before it is foreclosed on, but people do need to be mindful of what information they put out there...especially if there is a chance that their name will be in the news.

Jae

Guest1234

@Guest1234 I won't waste my time responding to each of your idiotic comments except how many 'glorified secretaries' which you seemed to think is the equivalent of an Admin Specialist have bachelor's degrees, go on to obtain masters AND graduate with honors?

You are just as crazy as Brian...it's a conspiracy!

Guest5678

I know that SOME in admin are actually qualified... BUT if you had bothered to LOOK at the requirements for this position as listed at the NHC Human Resources Department you would have seen that she fell woefully short of meeting them! Since you are too lazy or uninformed to find that information, I will spoon-feed it to you! (AHEM) The requirements are:

Bachelor’s Degree in Planning and one year of professional level planning experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above. Master’s Degree strongly preferred.

Having a double major in Women's Studies and Sociology do not make someone qualified for planning... So... I stand behind what I said, she got a promotion that she was NOT qualified. She didn't have the education or the experience!

By the way Guest5678... she WAS an Administrative Specialist -- which in my opinion is a glorified secretary. How about you find some facts to back up your argument the next time you attack someone...otherwise you are the one who looks idiotic!

Guest1234 is Brian Berger

Guest1234 certainly knows a lot about Karyn, the county and uses words like "spoon-feed". He also got extremely upset with the "idiotic comment" reference. This is definitely Brian Berger.

Investigator needs to Investigate better...

Well, you would be wrong investigator... I guess you need to brush up on your skills! I'm not Brian, nor have I ever met him. All of the information I stated is freely available to the public. I guess if you were a better investigator, you would know how to find this information online.

Guest1234

Hey nut. I'm back. If you read "...or an equivalent combination of education and experience..." You were not the best candidate. She was. Let it go. You didn't get the job.

Guest5678

Of course, I didn't get the job... I didn't see the job posting and wouldn't have applied for it even if I had. I'm not interested in working for the corrupt NHC government! I mean really... let's look at the caliber of people that they hire...people who can't even tell the truth on their own LinkedIn profiles. I wouldn't consider them my peers, so I would hate to call them colleagues!

Interesting opinion...

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