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.
U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola read the evidence against Beale and asked if it were true.
In a flat, emotionless voice, Beale
answered, "Yes it is, your honor."
Under the plea deal with prosecutors, Beale faces 30 to 37 months in prison.
The deal also calls for Beale
to pay restitution of $886,000, forfeit an additional $507,000, and pay a fine of up to $60,000.
, wearing glasses and a gray suit and no tie, managed a slight, grim smile after the proceedings.
was released on personal recognizance and will return to Manhattan, where he
"John Beale stole from the government for more than a decade by telling lies of outlandish proportions," Ronald Machen, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, said in a statement.
EPA Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins, Jr., said that Beale was able to get away with the fraud for so long because of "an absence of even basic internal controls at the EPA."
For 102 days from 2000 to June 2008, Beale
took off while claiming to work for the CIA
, the court document says.
In 2005, an EPA manager approved a research project that Beale
had proposed, despite the fact that it had no internal controls or oversight.
From 2005 to 2007, Beale
took about five trips to Los Angeles for the project and was reimbursed for $57,000.
The statement of offense says that he
used the project to have the EPA pay for his
personal travel, which included visiting family members in California.
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 ½ years off from work.
The $886,000 that Beale
agreed to pay back to the government includes the time he
took off from work, as well as the travel reimbursement, a retention bonus that was supposed to expire after 2003 but went on through 2013, and a parking space near an EPA building, used for several years and valued at $8,000.
got the space by claiming he
needed it for medical reasons, saying he
had contracted malaria while serving in Vietnam.
In fact, he
never served in Vietnam and never contracted malaria, according to the statement of offense.