EPA official who invented false CIA cover to miss work sentenced to prison
December 18th, 2013
02:25 PM ET
7 months ago

EPA official who invented false CIA cover to miss work sentenced to prison

(CNN) - A former Environmental Protection Agency executive was sentenced to 32 months in prison on Wednesday for defrauding the government in what the judge called an "unbelievably egregious" scheme to steal taxpayer funds.

John C. Beale spent a decade milking the EPA for unearned pay and perks using a series of increasingly complicated lies, including that he was secretly working for the CIA.

Beale was also ordered to repay $1.3 million, which he said should be done within the next 30 days.

During sentencing, the prosecutor outlined how Beale – who at the time was one of the highest paid employees at the EPA – would disappear for prolonged periods while still collecting pay, all the while telling his agency that he was in Pakistan working for the CIA. Beale now admits he was in fact at home in Virginia or at this vacation home in Cape Cod.

When asked by Judge Ellen Huvelle what he was actually doing during that time, Beale said he wasn't doing much of anything besides working on his houses and reading.

Beale also admitted to lying about saying he had malaria in order to get a good parking spot at the EPA headquarters, charging the government for trips to California that were for entirely personal reasons, and booking first class and high end accommodations when traveling on business.

Beale's scheme unraveled in 2012 when EPA officials noticed that he was still collecting a paycheck despite announcing his retirement in 18 months earlier.

In a statement during his sentencing, Beale said that while his motive was "simple greed," his web of deceit grew out of his ability to exploit flaws in the EPA's management system that he continued to abuse because of the rush of getting away with it.

Beale also said he regrets the pain that he has caused his family and coworkers, and that he knows he has "damaged the reputation of federal service."

Huvelle agreed, telling him: "You've put a stain on the rest of us."

In a statement responding to the sentencing, Sen. Barbara Boxer, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said the sentence is “appropriate given Mr. Beale’s outrageous activities.”

“EPA has already put safeguards in place to prevent fraud and deception from happening in the future. Once the EPA Inspector General’s investigation has been completed, I am confident that EPA will implement any additional measures necessary to ensure that this does not happen again,” she said.


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  1. Woman In California

    More Obammy followers to prison. Maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel?????

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    Calling the POTUS Obammy tells me all I need to know about you and your failures in life.

    December 18, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    Tom l – I hesitate to respond to you because you get so upset, but even a middle schooler like yourself should be able to see that the rest of the people you name post facts, unlike yourself, and they try to have a civil discourse. On the other hand, I don't, I have witnessed republican domestic terrorism and have little use in listening to your Limbaugh talking points, so I am inclined to respond to right wingnuts in kind.

    December 18, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    -tom l

    "Peppykins – You sound a lot like Donna."

    Who sounds a lot like ______ who sounds a lot like _______ who sounds a lot like ________ who sounds......

    Sniffit – You sound a lot like Rudy
    Who sounds a lot like The Real TP, who sounds a lot like Tampa Tim, who sounds a lot like DMFO, who sounds a lot like Lynda, who sounds.....

    FIFY
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    well, if Rudy is imitating me ( which I doubt) I'm flattered.

    December 18, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Sniffit – You sound a lot like Rudy
    Who sounds a lot like The Real TP, who sounds a lot like Tampa Tim, who sounds a lot like DMFO, who sounds a lot like Lynda, who sounds....."

    I'm more than comfortable in the fact that I'm a fairly unique voice here and elsewhere I post. You need to learn to differentiate between "you support the same things" and "you say things the same way." Dittoheads exist on both sides, but they are far far more plentiful in the GOP/Teatroll camp, which makes perfect sense, because they've been so thoroughly engaged in culling and ostracizing "RINOs", establishing the party's ideological dogma, blacklisting heretics and running purity tests/report cards on members for the past 5+ years.

    December 18, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein

    This guy just didn't want to work. That is a problem for the employer - the citizens of the US. We need people who work at least the amount of hours they are required to and do compentent work during that period.

    December 18, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit

    "Sniffit – You sound a lot like Rudy
    Who sounds a lot like The Real TP, who sounds a lot like Tampa Tim, who sounds a lot like DMFO, who sounds a lot like Lynda, who sounds....."

    I'm more than comfortable in the fact that I'm a fairly unique voice here and elsewhere I post. You need to learn to differentiate between "you support the same things" and "you say things the same way."
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    Little tom hasn't figured out that the subject is people changing their avatar name, not people posting under multiple names.

    "Peppykins – You sound a lot like Donna."

    Haven't seen Donna all day. Have we? Haven't seen or heard from "Four and The Door" since Karl Rove flipped out on Fox on Election Night 2012. Haven't heard from "Ray E.(Georgia)", but we have someone who posts the identical hate messages. People make fools of themselves, lose all credibility, and are forced to change their avatar name. Little tom hasn't figured that part out, yet.

    December 18, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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