Background Check Saved Condo Building From Adding Accused Killer as a Neighbor

Categories: Crime
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Krebs had something of a handicap when applying to live in a condo building: his criminal record.
You wouldn't expect private investigator Jim Rigney to find much when he does background checks for potential condo dwellers. But back in June 2009, the Ocean Riviera building on the Galt Ocean Mile hired him to do a check on a potential resident that turned up about 30 criminal charges.

Rigney, a retired New York City detective commander, went to work digging up the records and produced a 17-page report with 40 pages of supporting pages. He sent it over to the manager of Ocean Riviera and then, at his behest, to the man applying to become a resident.

The applicant was denied access to the building, and residents of Ocean Riviera were lucky that they didn't get Brian Krebs as a neighbor.

Krebs is the guy cops say stabbed drummer and music promoter Jimmy Pagano to death in
a bar fight. Krebs has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is in jail awaiting trial. (He's also, as you might have read here, partially the inspiration for the American Pie character Stifler.)

What Rigney turned up in his search included 19 charges that Krebs faced in his former town of Chattanooga. The charges include vandalism, robbery, and retaliation against a judge, juror, or officer. (Details of the cases aren't available online, but I'll be requesting them this week. If you'd like to see the summary, search Krebs' name here.)  It appears from the records that Krebs spent two stints in jail from the charges, one for 30 days and another for nearly a year.

From there, he moved to Fort Lauderdale, where he ran a biotech company out of another condo he rented in the Galt Ocean Mile area.

Rigney does a lot more in-depth investigations than this one, but when asked whether this proves the need for these simple background checks, he had a quick answer: "Yeah, it sure does. People can make arguments about privacy, and that is important with these kind of things, but this also is the kind of thing that shows a need for these background screenings."

(Hat tip to the Galt Mile Community Association's page.)


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26 comments
Abyers7
Abyers7

What ever happened to INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY just sayin. 

Burgermaven
Burgermaven

Problem with this blog: Why are we dealing with a report of a situation that happened in 2009? That is a nice news item about what if, but who cares? Maybe the residents of the condo in 2009. My preference here is current fraudulent activity by Broward court personnel, legal firms, politicians and lobbyists. I know Bob is gone and things must change, but I just cannot get excited about commenting on events like the one I am commenting on now. :)

What About Bob?
What About Bob?

Eric, Bob Norman just called. He said he'd come back to New Times if you promised to never ever write anything again.

TK421
TK421

That Galt Mile Community Association page is tacky as Hell. Animated dripping blood? Seriously?

B_tan
B_tan

@ unowhoWhat... what was that about creating new jobs being his priority?  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

 "Florida GOP Strays From Jobs Agenda To Limit Abortion Rights "Not one job creation bill was passed, but 5 bills restricting abortion (as well as cutting 4500 public sector jobs) were passed. Say what??

JenjenGotlieb
JenjenGotlieb

Silly question, but why is he looking for a condo if he is in jail? 

Guest
Guest

Good Morning All!South Florida is the mecca for criminals escaping past crimes in other states. What a relief for the owners of the condo to know this criminal was rejected as their neighbor. He's now a murderer. You would never know. See how nice he looks on the golf course in the above picture.

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

Maynard G. Krebs? Sorry, but whenever I read this whackos name, that other one pops up. 

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Eric: You are a machine this week. Keep up the great work. This was a brutal crime committed by a sociopath. Love the way the eyewitnesses beat him to a pulp.

Tamarac Talk
Tamarac Talk

It's relevant because Krebs is the accused killer in the recent stabbing of Jimmy Pagano.   I wish we could have background checks in single home communities. 

IrvingFeiner
IrvingFeiner

Eric, you are doing fine in my uninformed layman's opinion.  Nice to see you grow from "stay on point Parkland Man" to  "anyone know Krebs--call me" .

Never read you on Juice much because, to be honest, the Juice blog didnt ban Chaz during his acute psychotic episodes, and I didnt want to bother wading through the psychosis with my scroll mouse.

Guest
Guest

I wouldn't agree..Of all the writters showcased  since Bob left, I favor. Eric Barton he most.

Glass Slipper
Glass Slipper

Hopefully Gov. Moonbeam will pull a Crist and make a run for President. What a fucking douchebag asshole this guy turned out to be, not that it is any surprise! 

The Pulp Blog
The Pulp Blog

Because the market has rebounded and he doesn't want to miss his chance? No, seriously, this background check happened back in '09.

Glass Slipper
Glass Slipper

Jesus H fucking Christ, OJ looked good on a golf course also!!!!  WTF is wrong with you? 

The Pulp Blog
The Pulp Blog

Thanks, Virgil. And yeah, this was a terrible crime. We may end up doing a cover story on this guy -- he has a pretty fascinating background. If anybody knows him, please call me: 954-233-1570.

Burgermaven
Burgermaven

So what. This condo incident happened in 2009. It has nothing to do with the current killing of Pagano. You have entirely missed my point.  

Guest
Guest

Jus wanted to say Thank you, IrvingFeiner... 

Sadie110994
Sadie110994

I went on a few dates with this guy and knew him for years!! We remained friends for a long time, but he's always been really sketchy! My friends begged me to stop talking to him. I had to kick him out of the resturant where I work. He became very violent! I feel so bad for the young mans family that he murdered. My thoughts and prayers are with them...

Guest
Guest

You must be the type of person who takes everything literally. Are you an idiot? Read my post again. Looks are deceiving, that is why it's important to do background checks on persective tenents.

Guest
Guest

It woud have been classier if you just woud have just said sorry for your error.

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