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EPA Climate-Change Expert Admits ‘Historic’ Fraud for $900,000

Posted on | December 16, 2013 | 30 Comments

“I thought, ‘Oh my God, How could this possibly
have happened in this agency?’ . . . I’ve worked
for the government for 35 years. I’ve
never seen a situation like this.”

The story of John C. Beale,  the Environmental Protection Agency’s “highest-paid employee and a leading expert on climate change,” could be a stake through the heart of the global warming hoax comparable to the 2009 release of the “ClimateGate” e-mails.

Defenders of the climate-change “scientific consensus” will, of course, claim there is no larger significance to Beale’s bizarre fraud, in which he told his bosses he “was a CIA spy working in Pakistan so he could avoid doing his real job“:

Beyond Beale’s individual fate, his case raises larger questions about how he was able to get away with his admitted fraud for so long, according to federal and congressional investigators. Two new reports by the EPA inspector general’s office conclude that top officials at the agency “enabled” Beale by failing to verify any of his phony cover stories about CIA work, and failing to check on hundreds of thousands of dollars paid him in undeserved bonuses and travel expenses — including first-class trips to London where he stayed at five-star hotels and racked up thousands in bills for limos and taxis.
Until he retired in April after learning he was under federal investigation, Beale, an NYU grad with a masters from Princeton, was earning a salary and bonuses of $206,000 a year, making him the highest paid official at the EPA. He earned more money than Gina McCarthy, the agency’s administrator and, for years, his immediate boss, according to agency documents.
In September, Beale, who served as a “senior policy adviser” in the agency’s Office of Air and Radiation, pled guilty to defrauding the U.S. government out of nearly $900,000 since 2000.

Among his many lies, this one is classic:

He also claimed to be suffering from malaria that he got while serving in Vietnam. According to his lawyer’s filing, he didn’t have malaria and never served in Vietnam. He told the story to EPA officials so he could get special handicap parking at a garage near EPA headquarters.

So, the “senior policy advisor” is an admitted liar, but don’t worry: His lawyer says Beale is also crazy!

“With the help of his therapist,” wrote attorney John Kern, “Mr. Beale has come to recognize that, beyond the motive of greed, his theft and deception were animated by a highly self-destructive and dysfunctional need to engage in excessively reckless, risky behavior.” Kern also said Beale was driven “to manipulate those around him through the fabrication of grandiose narratives … that are fueled by his insecurities.”

In other words, a top EPA official was a corrupt liar because he was mentally ill — “highly self-destructive and dysfunctional” — but that is no reason (the global warming fanatics will assure us) to doubt the validity of their implausible hypothesis.


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  • AMartel

    These delusional fecking people are all the heroes of the movie that plays in their heads. If you try to stop the movie you find that you have been converted into the villain, the racist, sexist, homophobe, greedy corporate stooge who hates good people and thwarts goodness and good heroes who only have the best of fictional good intentions.

  • charles w

    Scarey part is he would have never been caught if he didn’t go for one last payday.

  • JeffS

    This is an extreme case, but it is by no means an unusual one. My very first supervisor in the Federal supervisor was using his daytime job as overhead for a very lucrative side business. He was taken down eventually, but he got away with a lot until then.

    It’s amazing what Federal employees can get away because the supervisors are lazy, inept, or CYA types. I mind me one junior employee who was openly stealing from the agency (both by unauthorized charges on his travel card AND the outright theft of computer equipment) to support his drug use was NOT prosecuted for fraud and theft. All losses were written off, and the employee was allowed to resign — mostly to avoid the time and trouble of legal prosecution.

    But it’s an indictment on the system — and the people in it — that such utter bullshit was simply accepted as truth by the EPA.

  • Quartermaster

    But, but, but, his motives were pure. he was just trying to help with the GWOT. /sarc

  • Adjoran

    I hate to point this out, but if every employee at EPA had done the same thing for the last 13 years, the country would be much better off.

    Paying them to do nothing at all would be the best bargain the federal government got in half a century or more.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    That is true in a regulatory sense, but this joker was their top global warming scam guy, so he was doing damage associated with that.

    By getting caught, and the fact the climate is not going the way they said it would, perhaps the public start waking up this is one enormous scam.

  • Steve Skubinna

    “Well, I, uh, don’t think it’s quite fair to condemn a whole program because of a single slip-up, sir.”

    - Gen. “Buck” Turgidson, USAF

  • CitizenEgg

    Has anyone actually checked his references,education and credentials? Seems like this guy lies or something.

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  • Steve Skubinna

    Dude. He worked for the Federal Government.

    Top. Men.

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