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. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Sounds like a terrific guy...

    December 18, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Enjoy Club Fed.

    December 18, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. current state of the union

    He should be on I almost got away with it. Not that hard to believe, kinda surprised they caught on at all. Maybe he'll get a new " rush" out of jumbo, or the blanket parties, enjoy!

    December 18, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. Peppy

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

    December 18, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    I take it no one bothered to ask the CIA if he was employed by them, or that the IRS never bothered to see how he could afford a vacation home on Cape Cod?

    December 18, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Peppykins – You should warn your republican friends in congress, because they have been taking money for doing nothing for 5 years.

    December 18, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. bill

    change the name to obummer and you have the same difference.

    December 18, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. Tampa Tim

    Will he get free health care in the slammer?

    December 18, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. Coo

    Who was this guys boss? How and the heck can someone pull this crap off? Was his boss doing the same thing?

    December 18, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    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.
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    Sounds like a republican hired by Rick Perry.

    December 18, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Tampa Tim

    Peppykins – You sound a lot like Donna.

    December 18, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Tampa Tim

    His wrongdoing was discovered in 2012, after a decade of defrauding the government, yet, according to baggers, it is President Obama's fault?

    December 18, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    -Peppy

    More Obammy followers to prison. Maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel?????
    ********************************
    He's been doing it for a decade: did you even bother to read the article, or did you just reach a conclusion and work your way backwards to find a question, as usual?

    December 18, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Admit it, haters...you're just mad you didn't think of that excuse for skipping work first and that you lack the jubblies to actually try it haha

    December 18, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Peppykins – You sound a lot like Donna."

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

    December 18, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

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

    December 18, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. current state of the union

    Peppykins, typical Republican voter, your given the article but would rather just skip to the comments,, add your gop talking point,and continue your blind allegiance to the gop propaganda machine, the one that truth and logic can't penetrate. Need I tell you how smart you sound?

    December 18, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. Tampa Tim

    Insurance companies are going to spend $500 million next year to make sure people sign up for Obamacare. Evidently baggers have not gotten the memo that insurance companies are now in favor of insuring people. What does the Fox say?

    December 18, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. Tampa Tim

    I am beginning to think that the light at the end of the tunnel is the Obamacare Express rolling over the obstructionist republicans. What does the sorry Fox say?

    December 18, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    I guess Pepe is the latest nom de plume for Donna, who was preceded by Four and the Door.

    December 18, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. current state of the union

    Come on hector, enlightenment is just a fact check away!

    December 18, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. Tampa Tim

    Isn't Glenn Beck's middle name "Peppy?"

    December 18, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Coo

    Who was this guys boss? How and the heck can someone pull this crap off? Was his boss doing the same thing?
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    The deception began under the Bush administration. I believe the head of the EPA when it started was Bush appointee former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman. Remember her? She was the 9/11 head who declared the air was safe to breathe at Ground Zero. She resigned her post after about two years, I think it was. She didn't like the Bush administration.

    December 18, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. 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 :)

    December 18, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. Mike

    Milking the government makes him an honorary member of the T E A party.

    December 18, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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