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    How John Beale Swindled the EPA Out of $1 Million






    How John Beale Swindled the EPA Out of $1 Million

    By Brianna EhleyDecember 17, 2013 6:00 AM
















    A top executive from the Environmental Protection Agency is likely heading to prison after defrauding the federal government out of nearly $1 million. He concocted the truly bizarre and elaborate scheme to avoid doing his job while still raking in a generous salary.
    The EPA?s highest paid former employee, John Beale, will be sentenced in a federal court on Wednesday after spending more than ten years taking months off work to do ?intelligence work for the CIA in Pakistan,? when he was actually kicking back, reading, riding his bike and relaxing at his vacation home in Cape Cod,NBC News first reported.
    Beale, who served as a senior policy adviser in the agency?s Office of Air and Radiation, pled guilty in September to defrauding the federal government out of nearly $900,000 since 2000. Beale retired from his post in April after learning that he was the subject of a federal investigating for defrauding the government by ditching work for months at a time, while still collecting his $200,000 salary (more than EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, his immediate boss.)
    In one instance, Beale disappeared from work for 18-months during which he did ?absolutely no work,? his lawyer, John Kern admitted, according to court files obtained by NBC News.
    Beale?s go-to excuse was that he was a CIA operative that required extensive travel to Pakistan and the spy agency?s headquarters in Langley.
    Another time, EPA Assistant Inspector General Patrick Sullivan said Beale emailed McCarthy to tell her he urgently needed to leave for Pakistan because the Taliban was torturing another CIA operative.
    ?Due to recent events that you have probably read about, I am in Pakistan,? he wrote. ?Got the call Thurs and left Fri. Hope to be back for Christmas ?.Ho, ho, ho.?
    However, after a bit of investigating, Sullivan concluded that Beale didn?t have so much as a security clearance. He hadn?t ever been to Langley. And probably hadn?t thought about how a CIA operative would likely not be so open about dispensing information on a top-secret mission in an email.
    ?I?ve worked for the government for 35 years. I?ve never seen a situation like this,? Sullivan told NBC. He said when the EPA finally confronted Beale about his lies earlier this year, he brushed it off and conveniently said he ?couldn?t discuss it.?
    Regardless, McCarthy and other agency officials seemed to buy what Beale was selling.
    In a sentencing memo obtained by NBC News, federal prosecutors called Beale?s schemes ?a crime of massive proportion that was offensive to those who actually do dangerous work for the CIA.? They want him to serve a prison sentence of at least 30 months.
    But Beale?s CIA-cover wasn?t his only creative excuse. According to NBC, he didn?t show up for work at the EPA for six consecutive months in 2008 because he told his boss he was part of a multi-agency election-year project regarding ?candidate security.? During that stint, he billed the government $57,000 for five trips to California that were ?for personal reasons.?
    He also told EPA officials that he needed to have a special handicap parking spot at EPA?s headquarters because he suffered from malaria, which he contracted while serving in Vietnam. No, he never served in Vietnam.
    Ahead of the Wednesday sentencing, Beale?s lawyer asked that the court cut his client some slack.
    ?With the help of his therapist, 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 wrote. He added that his client was driven ?to manipulate those around him through the fabrication of grandiose narratives ? that are fueled by his insecurities.?
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    LOL. tell me again why we need this federal agency? The states are more than capable of handling their own environmental issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swiper View Post
    The states are more than capable of handling their own environmental issues.
    And this is based on what data exactly? just wondering given the fact that common goods like social equity and the environment lack market prices, economists reduce them to externalities and have difficulty accounting for them.

    How would turning this function back over to states resolve this problem ? because prior to the 70's it was a function at the state level.

    Especially since contemporary development patterns are driven almost entirely by short-term economic viability with very little concern for long-term impact.
    Last edited by LAM; 12-18-2013 at 11:41 AM.
    William F. Buckley describes a conservative as, "someone who stands athwart history, yelling Stop." - and then proceeds to drag civilization back to times best left in history's dungheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAM View Post
    And this is based on what data exactly? just wondering given the fact that common goods like social equity and the environment lack market prices, economists reduce them to externalities and have difficulty accounting for them.

    How would turning this function back over to states resolve this problem ? because prior to the 70's it was a function at the state level.

    Especially since contemporary development patterns are driven almost entirely by short-term economic viability with very little concern for long-term impact.
    what???


    states are usually more responsible than the federal gov. I can even argue the states don't even need it because we all have property rights which protect us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swiper View Post
    what???


    states are usually more responsible than the federal gov. I can even argue the states don't even need it because we all have property rights which protect us.
    ..It really don't matter Swiper, goverment is goverment, maybe if you're asking 'who would you rather f%ck you in the ass' the feds or the state?. As citizens we have no say in anything. only things like 'would you like some mustard on your hotdog'..... it's us & THEM & THEM is winning...


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    Since 2000 this guy was bilking the gov. for a lot of money.... Now lets see, these mutha phuqas all ran a muck under the leadership of W. cause that mutha phuqa was doing the samething!

    This guy has been out'a office for years now and you're still seeing his phuqed up leadership skills and all his malfeasance of his terms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swiper View Post
    what???


    states are usually more responsible than the federal gov. I can even argue the states don't even need it because we all have property rights which protect us.
    then explain the problems that the southern states had with environmental problems when they attempted to industrialize during the Industrial Revolution?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LAM View Post
    then explain the problems that the southern states had with environmental problems when they attempted to industrialize during the Industrial Revolution?
    what problems did they have?
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