John C. Beale, a former EPA senior policy advisor, explained his motivations for the first time in a federal courtroom Wednesday before he was sentenced to more than 2 ½ years in prison for stealing nearly $900,000 in taxpayer funds.
Beale, 65, admitted in September that he had skipped out on work for years by telling a series of supervisors, including top officials in EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, that he was doing top-secret work for the CIA.
was paid for a total of 2 ½ years of work he
did not perform since early 2000 and received about $500,000 in bonuses he
did not deserve, according to his
, 64, was charged in August with collecting nearly $900,000 in pay and bonuses for work he
avoided performing at EPA
New details emerged Friday about Beale's scheme.
During a 12-year period, prosecutors said, he was away from the office for at least 102 days under the guise of working for the CIA.
took five personal trips to Los Angeles for what he
said was a "special research project" and charged the government $57,000 for his
To obtain a parking space, Beale lied to his
managers about having contracted malaria while serving in Vietnam.
never served in Vietnam, according to the statement of offence Facciola summarized in court.
Mark Lowenthal, a former CIA official who is now president of the Intelligence & Security Academy, said a person who was legitimately working undercover would never have explicitly told colleagues as Beale did, "I've got secret work to do.
Over the past 12 years, John C. Beale
was often away from his
job as a high-level staffer at the Environmental Protection Agency
cultivated an air of mystery and explained his
lengthy absences by telling his
bosses that he
was doing top-secret work, including for the CIA
For years, apparently, no one checked.
is charged with stealing nearly $900,000 from the EPA
by receiving pay and bonuses he
did not deserve.
faces up to three years in prison.
Beale, 64, who was a senior policy adviser in the Office of Air and Radiation, is expected to plead guilty at a hearing scheduled for Monday at U.S. District Court in Washington.
At agency headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue, Beale
fostered an enigmatic image.
frequently traveled to China, South Africa and England, according to several people who worked with him.
would describe his
trips and mention a lingering case of malaria.
The Arlington County resident told colleagues that his
stints away from the office were for "sensitive work for another agency," according to an official familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case is pending.