Prosecutors demand at least 30 months in prison for fraud by EPA’s highest-paid employee, a global warming expert

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.

What do you call a prison term for a top EPA global warming expert convicted of fraud? How about a good start? In this instance, the fraud is not the global warming con game, but rather the selling of a ludicrous tale of working for the CIA, and charging first class travel and five star hotel stays for personal trips, while not doing any work for his employer.

Michael Isikoff of NBC reports:

The EPA’s highest-paid employee and a leading expert on climate change deserves to go to prison for at least 30 months for lying to his bosses and saying he was a CIA spy working in Pakistan so he could avoid doing his real job, say federal prosecutors.

John C. Beale, who pled guilty in September to bilking the government out of nearly $1 million in salary and other benefits over a decade, will be sentenced in a Washington, D.C., federal court on Wednesday. In a newly filed sentencing memo, prosecutors said that his “historic” lies are “offensive” to those who actually do dangerous work for the CIA.


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