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 Post subject: Re: Alleged Meridian Ponzi Scheme: Survivors and Supporters Page
PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:31 pm 
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A sad day came to pass yesterday. MTR Western sold for $5 million dollars.

Article here:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/b ... ian13.html

For those of us who felt that Darren had the creative genius to bring glamour back to bus transportation, not unlike the way Jack Welch brought GE from marginal profitability to world dominance, it is a sad day indeed.

But I guess it was all just a big illusion.


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 Post subject: Re: Alleged Meridian Ponzi Scheme: Survivors and Supporters Page
PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:56 pm 
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Hilarious:


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 Post subject: Re: Alleged Meridian Ponzi Scheme: Survivors and Supporters Page
PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:53 pm 
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The caption sez: “No… I’m not getting fat. Look closely. Pair of bowling shoes hidden in pants. Here we are leaving the bowling alley. I fell in love with my shoes and decided to take them with me.”

In this photo: Darren Berg
From the album “Lucky Strike Bowling” by Darren Berg



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The caption here is more legible. No transcription needed.


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 Post subject: Re: Alleged Meridian Ponzi Scheme: Survivors and Supporters Page
PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:30 am 
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here's something we missed --

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/print-edition/2011/01/14/frat-brothers-investors-partners--.html

you have to have a subscription to read the full article but I imagine it references his experience with his fraternity -- where he was rumored to have served as both treasurer and President.


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 Post subject: Re: Alleged Meridian Ponzi Scheme: Survivors and Supporters Page
PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:35 am 
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another article that IS unlocked -- documenting Berg's claims of "false allegations" in relation to $21,000 missing from his fraternity's bank account.

Classic narcissist -- shoot the messenger.

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2011/01/darren-bergs-document-trail.html

can anyone secure his arrest documents? We'd like to know what, if anything he tested positive for when he was booked.


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 Post subject: Re: Alleged Meridian Ponzi Scheme: Survivors and Supporters Page
PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:22 pm 
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Frederick Darren Berg was born Frederick Darren Muskopf but changed his name around his 21st birthday:

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/Berg%20name%20change%20document.pdf


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 Post subject: Re: Alleged Meridian Ponzi Scheme: Survivors and Supporters Page
PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:24 pm 
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Six years later he ran into his first problems with bus regulators:

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/Berg%20TourDesign%20vol.%20compliance.pdf


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 Post subject: Re: Alleged Meridian Ponzi Scheme: Survivors and Supporters Page
PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:28 pm 
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Bus Bear wrote:
Frederick Darren Berg was born Frederick Darren Muskopf but changed his name around his 21st birthday:

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/Berg%20name%20change%20document.pdf


I'm surprised he didn't change his last name to "Aardvark" so his name would always be first alphabetically...


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 Post subject: Re: Alleged Meridian Ponzi Scheme: Survivors and Supporters Page
PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:30 pm 
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A more prescient predictor of future behavior couldn't be made up. World: witness the audacity of Frederick Darren Berg:

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/BERG%20PKA%20Stone%20letter001.pdf

Excerpt:

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 Post subject: Re: Alleged Meridian Ponzi Scheme: Survivors and Supporters Page
PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:19 pm 
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Trial moved from January to October (proposed):

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2011/01/attorneys-seek-to-push-berg-trial-to.html


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 Post subject: Re: Alleged Meridian Ponzi Scheme: Survivors and Supporters Page
PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:19 pm 
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MTR Western promotional brochure:

[cover] Let the Journey Begin

[Inside Front Cover] "The Secret of Success is to Do Common Things Uncommonly Well"

[page 1]

Herein lies the heart, the soul, the spirit of MTR Western. The following pages are dedicated to the people who make it all happen.

Let the journey begin. . .

[page 2]

PHOTO OF DARREN BERG AND TAWNY

[page 3]

"Ask any young boy what he wants to be when he grows up and you'll hear fireman, policeman, doctor, construction worker, or maybe even astronaut. For seven-year-old Darren Berg, there was only one answer: bus driver.

For years, Darren rode his bike through the streets of his southern Oregon neighborhood, pretending it was a bus. Taking his seat behind the wheel of a fine motorcoach he imagined taking people from one adventure to another. He listened with awe as his bus-driver grandfather told him stories about his many travels. And Darren dreamed of the day he'd not only drive but own his own bus.

Fast forward 34 years. An above-average kid with an atypical love affair of buses is now owner and operator of the finest fleet of motorcoaches in North America: MTR Western.

Turning his dream into reality, Darren's passion is stronger than ever.

"You see it in our coaches. You see it in our people. You see it in the happy, smiling faces of our customers."


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Perhaps "just-the-facts" can shed some light on this? Was there really a grandfather that drove a bus?


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 Post subject: Re: Alleged Meridian Ponzi Scheme: Survivors and Supporters Page
PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 6:03 pm 
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'nuff said......he and his kind are just how shall we say...


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 Post subject: Re: Alleged Meridian Ponzi Scheme: Survivors and Supporters Page
PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:13 pm 
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Big hat tip to Puget Sound Business Journal and reporter Greg Lamm, who appears to be totally on top of the unfolding DoucheBag story and on a quest for truth. Way to go Greg!!!

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2011/01/darren-bergs-document-trail.html

Bus Bear wrote:
A more prescient predictor of future behavior couldn't be made up. World: witness the audacity of Frederick Darren Berg:

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/BERG%20PKA%20Stone%20letter001.pdf

Excerpt:

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This appears to be the letter Mr. Stone is referring to:

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It appears that "false allegations" is a well-practiced refrain. . .


source: http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2011/01/darren-bergs-document-trail.html


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 Post subject: Re: Alleged Meridian Ponzi Scheme: Survivors and Supporters Page
PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:49 pm 
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Let's roll back the time machine to July of 2010 and the Seatte Times article that first scooped the beginning of the unraveling of Mr. Berg:

FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sundaybuzz/2012494773_sundaybuzz01.html


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Berg, in a brief telephone interview, declined to address questions about his education or the Oregon conviction.

"In light of a million complicated issues that stand to affect 500 people's lives, I frankly can't believe you're focusing on a $300 check I wrote in 1987. I would expect more from the business page of The Seattle Times," he said.

Instead, he said, the emphasis should be on the businesses he's built and the 500 jobs they created.

Berg added: "I am 100 percent committed to working cooperatively with Mark Calvert, the (bankruptcy) trustee, to maximize the recovery to investors. I believe I should be given some credit for being passionately committed to doing the opposite of what others have done in this situation.

"Let's see how much money we can get back to these investors — that should be our focus."

Berg blamed "a collapsed mortgage market and a collapsed real-estate market" for losses to the investment funds, but declined to discuss the problems further.


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 Post subject: Re: Alleged Meridian Ponzi Scheme: Survivors and Supporters Page
PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 3:33 am 
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Once a thief always a thief.....


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