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Superfund ‘watchdog’ reached out to ITFed owner prior to attack blog



Less than a month prior to his circulation of an aggressively personal blog attack on EDA Executive Director Jennifer McDonald, accompanied by corresponding swipes at the ITFederal project at Royal Phoenix and EPA Superfund cleanup efforts, “” principal Matthew Berdyck reached out to ITFederal CEO Truc “Curt” Tran by e-mail.

And for anyone aware of the content of Berdyck’s January 18 blog post, what is contained in that December e-mail may come as a surprise. – For if Berdyck was questioning McDonald’s integrity, Tran’s ITFederal plan, and the effectiveness of the EPA cleanup at Avtex, on December 23 he was singing a different tune.

Photos/Roger Bianchini

“I have been paying attention to this IT Federal deal, for quite some time, because as a Silicon Valley transplant, whose business partner works for Facebook, I know the value of what you are bringing to town, the socioeconomic benefits, the value that tech workers can hold to our local economy,” Berdyck’s e-mail to Tran begins.  “I for one, stand in total support of your efforts, and I really want you to move forward with this project … I feel very strongly about you bringing this data center to our town, and I hope you can ignore the haters, and make this happen … At the same time, I have fully investigated the site, and found it to be one of the only Superfund sites I have come across, in a long time, that was actually cleaned up correctly.”

That latter sentiment regarding the Avtex site is a far cry from what he publicly posted three-and-a-half weeks later:  “Citizens of Front Royal can only rely on the statements of The US EPA, and Ms. McDonald, as to whether the site is safe or not.  Considering that the US EPA has endured repeated waves of controversy over the mishandling of the clean up of the 1,337 Superfund toxic waste sites in The US, to the point that Erin Brockovich calls it the ‘Superfail Project,’ it’s hard to trust anything the EPA says, especially from our point of view, since we’ve been investigating corruption in the Superfund Project for many years.”

As for his “total support” of Tran’s ITFederal plan for the Avtex site expressed on December 23, twenty-six days later that support was reduced to total skepticism — “It seems Tran is not building the ITFederal site to service existing contracts, but is building his “top secret nuclear data center” to foster the creation of new contacts, using an ‘If I build it they will come’ mindset, which is more akin to gambling with Front Royal’s tax dollars than fostering a solid, reliable economic opportunity for Warren County residents,” Berdyck’s blog posted on January 18.

But if Berdyck was playing nice with Tran, and indirectly the EPA, in December, it was a different story for his newfound neighbors in Front Royal and Warren County. – But then I guess when you’re a well-connected, retired Silicon Valley hotshot with former partners deep in Facebook corporate, us Helltown rubes can seem pretty simple.

“Many of these people in Front Royal, they aren’t so smart, they don’t know what is good for them, and they don’t have the education to know any better.  You have to forgive these people because they really know not what they do,” Berdyck wrote Tran of the public and media scrutiny he was facing in November and December.

Berdyck also describes earlier advocacy efforts to Tran – “In my career, I have fought all over the country, from coast to coast, exposing environmental atrocities, everywhere from small towns, to the largest cities in the county.  Everywhere I go I get criticized, attacked, defamed, abused, insulted, threated (sic), and retaliated against, by the very people I am trying to help.”

Toward the end of his December e-mail to Tran, Berdyck says, “If you want to hit some dinner and talk about any of this, feel free to reach out.  I’m a pretty well connected person, and if there is anyway (sic) I can help push this deal through, using my expertise and wisdom, let me know.”

Our information, albeit second hand, is that Tran did not bite at this offer.

Maybe such “well-connected” people from Silicon Valley just don’t take rejection well here in dumb, old, backwoods Virginny.



  1. Laura H.

    March 6, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Wow. Just based on the remarks quoted in the article I suspect personality disorders. Plural.

  2. Betty Lawson

    February 11, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    … (is) simply (an) aspect of a (the broken psyche of Matthew Berdyck). An Internet Troll he may be …

    We are at a precipice of the law …

    He is asking for money under (what I believe are) false pretenses.

    Matthew Berdyck has no education in environmental sciences. The company is allegedly a sole proprietorship, which means using the .org classification to give the illusion it is a non-profit corporation is openly deceptive …

    Making false claims about the Avtex site, claiming it is not clean when he has done no scientific testing of any kind. No soil samples were sent to any third party labs. There are no scientists or attorneys working with now or ever.

    That is the basis for false pretense. The entire thing exists only in the delusions of … Matthew Berdyck … He is a pitiable human being who acts despicably. Report everything to local law enforcement and also the FBI via the IC3 page here They have a file on Matthew Berdyck already.

    Berdyck clearly cannot afford to move away from Linden at this time. He is running out of money which means he is destined to cause more trouble in the area. Help get him the help he needs. Call the police, let them know about his crimes, and sooner or later, they will catch him.

  3. Delusion vs. Reality

    February 7, 2017 at 4:30 am

    The irony is, Matthew Berdyck whole-heartedly believes HE is the victim. Matthew has stalked and harassed people from all walks of life – men, women, young, old, rich, poor – 100+ victims spanning the last 7 or 8 years. Matthew ACTUALLY BELIEVES he is completely innocent and free of wrongdoing, while these people – with absolutely nothing in common or any connections to each other whatsoever – all conspired together in a “massive collaborative smear campaign” aimed to damage Matthew’s reputation … It is worth noting though, that there are a handful of notable victims – people with success and accolades in film, music, journalism, activism, and more. Although Matthew’s victims come from all walks of life, Matthew is enraged with jealousy whenever someone is more successful than him, so he lashes out at these people the hardest. I guess it’s just easier to try and knock others down than to work hard to bring yourself up.

  4. Another Matthew Berdyck Victim

    February 3, 2017 at 1:27 am

    Writing off Matthew Berdyck as “Just a troll” is an understatement. Matthew [has a national reputation] as a vicious cyber stalker with a lengthy criminal background. Many of his victims have come forward – there’s over 100 of us so far and growing. Some believe Matthew has histrionic personality disorder, others think it’s self-righteous narcissism, others believe schizophrenia, and some think it’s a combination of all 3. If you come across Matthew online, do NOT engage him. He [can be relentless] and has a very serious history of stalking and harassing – both in-person and behind a computer monitor.

  5. LL

    February 2, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Outside of the issues this person has with activities at the former Avtex site, how many times can you say you are “extraordinarily well-connected” and boast about your celebrity “meet & greets” in one post? He’s a joke. Maybe if we ignore him he will just go away.

  6. Darin Wilcox

    January 31, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    He is what most would call an internet troll. Simple as that. Nothing more nothing less. Just a troll

  7. Dan Sterling

    January 24, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    I’ve learned quite a bit about this guy in the last 24 hours, some from a simple Google search, some from private messages from people that he has tried to scare in the past. Of course, presented with any evidence that exposes him, he makes every excuse in the book and deletes all things posted. Also, his “connections” are questionable at best.

  8. Brennan Flint

    January 22, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    If it wasn’t so scary it would almost be funny.
    There goes Matt Berdyck again. “Look I drive a BMW, therefore I’m an environmentalist and have power!”
    Poor guy has been seeking fame FOREVER. He gets kicked out of several Facebook Groups for harassing and insulting members.
    He makes up stories as he goes. He ALWAYS uses the same old pictures and posts to validate his fame/celebrity.
    This guy has only been relevant to those he has insulted which is the only reason most people who have heard of him know of him and not because of his “work”.
    I’d be surprised if he has even ever worked in his life.
    … Someone should investigate to see if Facebook resources are being used to “protect” or aid Matthew Berdyck.
    Do not trust this man, do your research on him and you will find some very sinister stuff. And under NO circumstances let him into your private circles, he will try to bad mouth you in front of your friends and employer if you make the mistake to either not believe one of his fantastical stories or simply disagree with him.

  9. Linda J. Allen

    January 22, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    And, wrap all that package of techniques/ploys up in a brand new story calculated to make us lose sleep at night: not data processing and other businesses but a NUCLEAR data processing business for which ISIS may become interested.
    He has a mastery of tuning into the very emotions that drive humans into living out of fear. The good news is that we all can sleep well because M. Berdyck does not live here; has not been invited to come here; and if he is half as smart as he thinks he is, he won’t come here. Yet the poor man is a basket case of worries holding up the world on his shoulders and no one asked him to do that. Perhaps some sympathy is in order for a man who holds so much worry for the world on his shoulders and lives
    in a constantly agitated state of martyrdom…let’s call Dr. Bradd to get this man some help!

    • Roger Bianchini

      January 23, 2017 at 4:00 am

      Actually Linda, apparently he DOES live here, in Linden — lucky us!!!

      • Linda J. Allen

        January 23, 2017 at 12:50 pm

        So I discovered in a barrage of adjectives and nouns about what I am like. He proved every point I made. Sad. The ‘verbicide’ was so bad that it was taken down but not by me on facebook.

  10. A Matt Berdyck Victim

    January 22, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Mr. Berdyck has attacked MANY people online. Just type in his name Matt Berdyck, Matt Kane, Matthew Berdyck and see what pops up about him. Or email me.

  11. Linda J. Allen

    January 22, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Berdyck plays
    the victim to the hilt: I was only trying to help you yet you revile me
    adjectives at the maximum: it has to be heinous
    betrayal: today your friend tomorrow your enemy
    discredit the documentation: Avtex may not be safe despite the records
    discredit the persons: lack of integrity and dummies all for lack of education
    generalize from the one to all: if one EPA superfund site badly done, then all are suspect

  12. Matthew Berdyck is no scientist

    January 22, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Get in touch with Diane Dimond, she can tell you all about this guy.

  13. Diane Roberts

    January 21, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Matthew Berdyck and appear to be either a performance art piece or a transparent fraud.

    A cursory glance at the internet and you can see that Mr. Berdyck’s claims are hardly credible in any sense. He has no history of activism or science. There is no curriculum vitae to validate him as any kind of expert.

  14. Mark Williams

    January 21, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    In my own personal opinion, the stories posted on read like a one-person, opinionated rant. Mr. Berdyck has little or no journalistic integrity, and I found it very hard to take him seriously.

  15. Tripp Bradd, MD

    January 21, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    I bristled at the comment on how those of Front Royal/Warren County are somehow ‘simple’. Case in point, our practice, Skyline Family Practice, have offered to our patient population secure electronic access to their charts and messaging to our clinicians and staff since 2008. This is well ahead of many medical practices even in California. Add to this the fact that is that we do telehealth with our patients (for Mr Berdyck this is secure video conferencing [with other features]). We even monitor some of our patients from BP devices through a secure cloud to help them care for their blood pressures at home. Our patients are sophisticated, ‘get it’ and utilize these services. Some might say that only Mr Berdyck’s skewed perception of those in our area is the only ‘back woods’ problem we have here.

  16. Chris Thompson

    January 21, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Ask him to come visit us. I would love to give him a tour of our fair town, especially the back woods of Browntown. I went to high school with Jen, and I know for a fact she is the least crooked person I know. She is owed an apology.

  17. Linda J. Allen

    January 21, 2017 at 4:19 am

    Glad to see this follow up to what was one of the most juvenile attempts at investigative journalism. It would apparently surprise Mr. Berdyck to know that we dummies put word out asap to disregard his article. Furthermore, in this town, the local talent knew about how to research grants and contracts as well as business identities without his help and knew the correct answers without him.

    He has a slick trick with his organizational name: in the sense that google gives you the EPA webpage based upon that name; facebook gets you to the correct person. There are complaints/warnings about him from another town for behaving badly.

    So much for 30 seconds of excitement over an attempt to outdo Chicken Little. Congratulations to the Royal Examiner for the timely stories that revealed our unwelcome guest’s colorful description of us all.

    • Terrence Williams

      February 17, 2017 at 1:56 am

      Here we are weeks later and Matthew Berdyck’s scam has reached a ridiculous stage. He is accusing the Royal Examiner of murdering people for publishing verifiable facts.

      On the official Facebook page, they make accusations and even make veiled threats to Tran to “do the same to him” and whatever physical harm he wishes to inflict on anyone Berdyck perceives to be better than himself.

      I think the poor man is mentally ill and should be questioned by health professionals.

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