Beale Sentenced in EPA Fraud

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 20: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy addresses a breakfast event at the National Press Club September 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. McCarthy announced that the EPA is proposing regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions, which requires future coal burning power plants to decrease 40 percent of their emission. 
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Clare Foran
Dec. 18, 2013, 8:03 a.m.

John C. Beale, a former En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency of­fi­cial who pleaded guilty to fraud­u­lently tak­ing al­most $1 mil­lion in salary and be­ne­fits from the gov­ern­ment, was sen­tenced Wed­nes­day to spend 32 months in pris­on.

Beale, who formerly held the po­s­i­tion of seni­or policy ad­viser in the EPA’s Of­fice of Air and Ra­di­ation, al­legedly evaded work by falsely claim­ing to be a CIA op­er­at­ive.

He entered a guilty plea in Septem­ber, and will pay roughly of $1.3 mil­lion in resti­tu­tion to the agency. The case has caused crit­ics of the agency to ques­tion how much EPA Ad­min­is­trat­or Gina Mc­Carthy knew about what was go­ing on and wheth­er she could have done more to pre­vent it.

“What did she know, when did she know it and why did she al­low it to fester?” Rep. Jason Chaf­fetz, R-Utah, asked dur­ing a re­cent House Over­sight and Gov­ern­ment Re­form Com­mit­tee hear­ing.

But oth­er law­makers have come to Mc­Carthy’s de­fense.

“I com­mend the EPA Ad­min­is­trat­or for tak­ing steps to shine a light on the ac­tions of this rogue em­ploy­ee, and her ac­tions helped un­cov­er his crimes,” Sen. Bar­bara Box­er, D-Cal­if., said in a state­ment Wed­nes­day after the sen­ten­cing. “The sen­tence handed down by the judge today is ap­pro­pri­ate giv­en Mr. Beale’s out­rageous activ­it­ies. EPA has already put safe­guards in place to pre­vent fraud and de­cep­tion from hap­pen­ing in the fu­ture.”

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