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Durham woman admits running $1.7M fake heiress scheme

Posted December 8, 2010

— A Durham woman admits she posed as an heiress to swindle approximately 140 people out of $1.7 million.

Bari Lynn Berger, 67, admitted in Philadelphia federal court Tuesday that she posed as the illegitimate daughter of a billionaire who died several years earlier.

Authorities said that Berger told victims that her father's will required her to become financially stable and receive treatment for cancer to receive a payout. Investigators say Berger promised amounts ranging from $100 to $1,000 for every dollar her victims contributed.

Court documents state that Berger used the money to buy items including jewelry, an RV and motorcycles.

Berger pleaded guilty to one count each of mail fraud and wire fraud. Sentencing for Berger and her co-defendant Gerald W. Radomski is scheduled for April.


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  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 8, 2010

    6079 SMITH W: "Nope, sounds more like $arah. ;)"

    Woaaah! Back off. How can you say that when she was Waaaayyyy more qualified than the fool YOU put in office?

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 8, 2010

    What FOOLS!!! Let her go free and arrest EVERYONE that gave her money. Fools. Why would an heiress be in need of money?

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  • wildcat Dec 8, 2010

    the courts should give this lady a taste of prison life for 10 years. That will change her for sure.

  • e2brtus Dec 8, 2010

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  • 6079 SMITH W Dec 8, 2010

    Nope, sounds more like $arah. ;)

  • fatchanceimwrong Dec 8, 2010

    I agree haleibc. They lied, took people's money, made empty promises, and spent the money foolishly. Sounds like our gov't to me.

  • b4tyme Dec 8, 2010

    Where's the picture????

  • haleibc Dec 8, 2010

    Where is the crime? She lied and deceived the people. They gave her their hard earned money and she took it. Just like politicians take your money every day in the form of payroll deductions. Just send her to Washington.

  • peewee Dec 8, 2010

    Here they go again, you pay they for nothing and they take it and run with it!