Stuff That’s Unbelievable (or used to be): EPA’s Highest-Paid Employee Committed Massive Fraud

This guy actually didn’t show up for work for 18 months (one of many absences), yet continued to receive salary and bonuses ($206,000 annually) that totaled more than the administrator of the EPA. Didn’t anyone notice -or care- that he wasn’t showing up? Are they that busy that they didn’t have time to deal with an employee who didn’t bother to show up for work, or did they just not care (I suspect it was the latter)?

The good part, I guess, is that while he was off doing something else, he wasn’t busy lumping new regulations on businesses.

The EPA’s highest-paid employee and top expert on climate change engaged in “crime of massive proportions” by pretending to be working as an undercover agent for the CIA so he could avoid doing his real job for years, according to federal prosecutors and the agency’s top investigator on the case. In a memorandum filed days before his sentencing in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, prosecutors asked that John C. Beale, 65, be sent to federal prison for at least 30 months for bilking the government out of nearly $1 million in salary and other benefits over a decade, and said his “historic” lies are “offensive” to those who actually do dangerous work for the CIA.Beale’s lawyer, while acknowledging his guilt, has asked for leniency and offered a psychological explanation for the climate expert’s bizarre tales.“With the help of his therapist,” wrote attorney John Kern, “Mr. Beale has come to recognize that, beyond the motive of greed, his theft and deception were animated by a highly self-destructive and dysfunctional need to engage in excessively reckless, risky behavior.” Kern also said Beale was driven “to manipulate those around him through the fabrication of grandiose narratives … that are fueled by his insecurities.”

Until he retired in April after learning he was under federal investigation, Beale, an NYU grad with a masters from Princeton, was earning a salary and bonuses of $206,000 a year, making him the highest paid official at the EPA. He earned more money than Gina McCarthy, the agency’s administrator and, for years, his immediate boss, according to agency documents. In September, Beale, who served as a “senior policy adviser” in the agency’s Office of Air and Radiation, pled guilty to defrauding the U.S. government out of nearly $900,000 since 2000. Beale perpetrated his fraud largely by failing to show up at the EPA for months at a time, including one 18-month stretch starting in June 2011 when he did “absolutely no work,” as Kern, Beale’s lawyer, acknowledged in his court filing.

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  1. Canvasback said:

    Didn’t show up for 18 months. I guess that tells us how important that job is. I bet I’m qualified – now that there’s a vacancy.

    • marfdrat said:

      Not even knowing you, but seeing that you can string together a couple of sentences, I’d say you’re more than qualified.

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