EPA Official Stole $900K by Not Showing Up for Work
Says he was on special assignment at 'Langley'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 27, 2013 4:22 PM CDT
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(Newser) – There's calling in sick with a little white lie, and then there's this guy: A former high-ranking official with the EPA pleaded guilty today to stealing nearly $900,000 from the agency over 13 years by failing to show up for work while falsely claiming to be working for the CIA. John C. Beale, 64, a former deputy assistant administrator in the Office of Air and Radiation, accepted a plea agreement with the government at a court hearing. Under the deal, Beale faces 30 to 37 months in prison, and he must pay restitution of $886,000, forfeit an additional $507,000, and pay a fine of up to $60,000.

According to the statement of offense that he signed, Beale started taking one day a week off from work starting in 2000, and indicated on his EPA electronic calendar he was working at the CIA's Directorate of Operations. He told an EPA manager that he had been assigned to an interagency, special advisory group. For 102 days from 2000 to June 2008, Beale took off while claiming to work for the CIA, the court document says. Beginning in June 2008, Beale was a no-show at work for about six months, telling managers and employees he was working on the research project or working for "Langley," where the CIA is based. Then he took off from June 2011 to December 2012 for his claimed CIA work, even after he announced he was retiring from the EPA. In total, he took about 2 1/2 years off from work.

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wasntme
Oct 6, 2013 6:45 PM CDT
So this guy was making approx. $1385 dollars a day not counting benefits, apparently for work he could complete in less time he was paid for doing full-time. We will have to fire about 14 rural elementary school teachers to re-coup this money, but only for 2 1/2 years.
Gomez
Sep 29, 2013 2:06 PM CDT
Damn crooks. This is one reason this country is "broke" today. These corrupt, thieving bastards have been stealing from taxpayers for decades, and always believed they could get away with it.
KDickley
Sep 29, 2013 12:00 AM CDT
Typical democrat, they're either welfare bums or on-the-take government assholes. They live in the land of Freebees and Gimmee Gimmee.