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Mr. John C. Beale

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Over at TheWashingtonian, Michael Gaynor ...
www.stupidfrogs.org, 9 May 2014 [cached]
Over at TheWashingtonian, Michael Gaynor offers further details on the culture of the Environmental Protection Agency, where John Beale was the highest-paid official while failing to show up for work months at a time, covering his tracks with strange and implausible tales of secret work for the Central Intelligence Agency.
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The EPA "research project" that took Beale to Los Angeles five times was really a smoke screen for visiting his parents in Bakersfield, two hours away. Yet his travel vouchers were barely reviewed. Officials didn't question his expenses - they were approved laterally, by a peer instead of a manager. "Because of where he sat in the organizational structure, there were no questions," [Office of the Inspector General special agent Mark] Kaminsky says.
Beale's off-the-charts $206,000 salary, inflated because of the 25-percent retention bonus that never expired, was more than allowed under law. An Inspector General's report published last year faulted a lack of internal controls at the EPA - there was no automatic stop on the bonuses after the designated allotments were distributed.
In the same report, the IG revealed that these pay issues had been brought to the attention of Beale's office as early as July 2010.
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Beale's most recent manager at the EPA was Gina McCarthy, then the assistant administrator in the Office of Air and Radiation.
– EPA Senior Official Jailed for 32 Months After Fake Spy Scam | Environment News Service
ens-newswire.com, 19 Dec 2013 [cached]
WASHINGTON, DC, December 19, 2013 (ENS) - John C. Beale, a former employee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was sentenced to 32 months in prison on Wednesday after he admitted perpetrating multiple frauds under the guise of performing undercover work as a CIA agent.
"Today's sentencing closes the sordid chapter of John Beale's numerous and egregious fraudulent actions perpetrated against the federal government over a very long period of time," said EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins.
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Former EPA official John C. Beale testifies before the House Government Oversight Committee, October 2, 2013 (Photo courtesy House of Representatives)
Beale, 65, of New York City, was employed by the EPA from 1989 until April 30, 2013. He was assigned to the Office of Air and Radiation, a division responsible for the development of national programs, policies and regulations designed to control air pollution and radiation exposure.
For much of his time at the EPA, Beale was a senior policy advisor with duties that included planning, policy implementation, direction, and control of EPA programs. He also attended and participated in several international conferences on air quality issues, many in foreign countries.
In August 2000, Beale was promoted to a senior-level employee, making him among the highest-paid non-elected federal government employees with an annual salary of $206, 000, including bonuses. Beale reached the level of Deputy Assistant Administrator in the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, which was headed by Gina McCarthy, who now serves as EPA Administrator.
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The EPA inspector general's office has concluded that top officials at the agency "enabled" Beale by failing to verify his statements and failing to examine the hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraudulent charges for which the agency reimbursed Beale.
"While that chapter has ended, we have started a new one in which the Office of Inspector General is actively looking at the EPA's sloppy internal controls and management actions that enabled Mr. Beale's frauds to occur," Elkins said.
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"Last week, we issued two reports related to Mr. Beale's audacious pay and travel frauds."
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In 1994, Beale began falsely claiming to be a CIA agent, a lie that became the core of his scheme to justify frequent absences from the office between 2000 and 2013. Additionally, he cited malaria contracted during Army service in Vietnam - although he neither had malaria nor served in Vietnam - as the basis for obtaining subsidized parking for employees requiring special access for medical conditions.
Beale also committed travel fraud involving vouchers, lodging, first-class air accommodations and misuse of a government passport.
The frauds were discovered after Beale was honored at a retirement party in September 2011 but remained on the EPA's payroll until April 2013, when he officially retired.
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Under the plea agreement, Beale paid a total of $886,186 in restitution to EPA and a forfeiture money judgment of another $507,207 to the Department of Justice.
"John Beale spent a decade telling one fantastic lie after another to steal our tax dollars," said Machen.
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Through this prison sentence John Beale will pay the price for his years of deception."
According to the statement of offense, starting in approximately 2000 until June 2008, Beale took about 102 days off saying he was working with the CIA. From 2005 to 2007, Beale claimed to be working on a research project for the EPA. The statement of offense details payments of $57,235 in travel expenses for five trips to the Los Angeles area. Beale did not need to travel to California, where he visited family members, and could have done the research work at home or at his EPA office. In fact, he never produced any written work regarding the research project, which was never completed.
Starting in June 2008, Beale failed to report to the EPA offices for about six months, either claiming to be working on the research project or spending time working for "Langley. He never submitted a leave request for this time and continued to receive his EPA salary.
Between January 2010 to May 2011, Beale failed to report to work at the EPA for approximately nine days, claiming he was working with the CIA. He never submitted a leave request for these days, but was paid his salary from the EPA.
In May 2011, Beale announced that he was retiring from the EPA. In September 2011, he and two other long-term EPA employees celebrated a retirement party on a dinner cruise on the Potomac River. Following the party, an EPA manager believed that Beale had actually retired, and the manager did not see him at the EPA offices afterward.
However, in November 2012, the manager discovered that Beale was still receiving a paycheck.
In or around June 2000, Beale was awarded a 25 percent retention incentive bonus for three years. The purpose of the bonus was to ensure that Beale remained with the EPA, rather than leave the federal government and seek employment elsewhere. It was supposed to expire after 2003, but Beale continued to receive it through 2013.
Beale entered a guilty plea on September 27, 2013.
Elkins' Office of Inspector General then launched audits probing a number of potential EPA systematic weaknesses that emerged during the Beale investigation: retention bonuses, the statutory annual pay limit, first-class travel, the agency's process for approval of foreign travel, the agency's vetting process for new employees, and time-and-attendance issues.
The Office of Inspector General is an independent office within the EPA that performs audits, program evaluations and investigations of the EPA and its contractors, and prevents and detects fraud, waste, and abuse.
After Beale was sentenced on Wednesday, Elkins encouraged federal employees at all levels to take Beale's "extraordinary case" as encouragement to come to the Inspector General's Office with any allegations of fraud, waste and abuse. After Beale was sentenced on Wednesday, Elkins encouraged federal employees at all levels to take Beale's "extraordinary case" as encouragement to come to the Inspector General's Office with any allegations of fraud, waste and abuse.
IEC Journal: January 2014
www.iecjournal.org, 1 Jan 2014 [cached]
Govexec.com reports:  A transcript of a congressional deposition of John Beale has been released.  Beale is the Environmental Protection Agency attorney sentenced to 32 months in prison for falsely claiming his workplace absences were due to a moonlighting gig at the CIA.
Beale was sentenced Dec. 18 for defrauding the government of nearly $900,000 in misreported hours that were spent on travel overseas and at his Massachusetts vacation home. The punishment: 32 months in federal prison, two years' probation, 100 hours of community service, $886,000 in restitution, and another $507,000 in forfeiture.
We refer, of course, to former ...
www.observertoday.com, 2 Jan 2014 [cached]
We refer, of course, to former EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator John C. Beale, who was sentenced to 32 months in prison for fraud last month.
For years, Beale would be absent from his Washington office for long periods at a time. Upon returning, he told co-workers he had been on secret assignments for the CIA.
Beale collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in pay and benefits fraudulently. He even received some bonuses.
He never worked for the CIA - a fact EPA officials could have determined easily, had they bothered to check.
Beale's office, incidentally, is in charge of developing policy to prevent air pollution.
For years, everyone around former ...
www.newsmax.com, 23 Jan 2014 [cached]
For years, everyone around former Environmental Protection Agency executive John Beale - even his wife - thought he was living a secret double life, and he says his lies about being a clandestine CIA officer eventually became a "kind of" addiction.
Beale first told his wife, Nancy Kete, that he was working for the CIA in 1994, reveals his 263-page deposition, released Wednesday by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
The document, reports The Washington Post, is the first comprehensive account about how Beale was able to scam his former employer out of $500,000 in bonuses and 2½ years of paid time off over the past 20 years.
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During his hearing in October, Beale invoked his right against self-incrimination.
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Beale says in the deposition that he was able to lie for so long because his wife and co-workers trusted him, and he was hooked on fooling them.
"I'm not saying it's an addiction, but it's similar properties and I think I made up my mind several times to stop it but never succeeded," said Beale in the deposition.
The former EPA official's deposition outlines how, by the mid-1990s, Beale's EPA co-workers were already believing that he was a CIA officer, and his answers to their questions just fed the legend.
"People would ask me, and I would either say no, or I would slough it off as a joke or deny it, and then it became such a common kind of thing that was talked about that I just stopped responding to it at all," Beale says in the deposition. "So I began the fraud and I was looking for some cover for it ... I took advantage of the rumors, but the rumors didn't inspire me or impel me to begin the fraud."
Beale said that while the rumors were circulating, he never officially told his CIA story to anyone at the EPA until 2001, when he mentioned to Jeffrey Holmstead, then the assistant administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation, that he was working for the CIA so he could justify taking time out of the office.
Beale admits he is ashamed of his actions, and that he knew one day his lies would catch up with him.
"I thought it was a pretty stupid thing what I was doing, and there was a good likelihood [I would get caught]," he said.
The lies have "profoundly" affected his marriage, Beale said, as well as his friendship with Robert Brenner, the official who recruited him into the EPA.
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The deception has also raised questions about Gena McCarthy, Beale's supervisor in the EPA's office of Air and Radiation from 2009 through 2013, and who now heads the EPA.
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Beale, 65, is not angry with McCarthy.
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"I had and have a lot of respect for her," said Beale. "I think she's one of the smartest people I've ever met. I think she's a good manager."
But even when investigators were looking into Beale's story, she never accused him of "being a lying scumbag," he told the committee.
Beale was sentenced, following a plea agreement, to 32 months in prison and $1.4 million in fines and restitution. But he says there's "not a chance" that his deceived wife, who is the managing director of the Rockefeller Foundation, will help pay off his debts.
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