Revealed: EPA’s highest-paid employee did no work for years, told colleagues he was secret agent for the CIA instead

posted at 1:41 pm on December 16, 2013 by Allahpundit

His expertise? Climate change.

He defrauded the feds out of nearly $900,000 in salary and expense, including hundreds of thousands of dollars in first-class airfare and high-end hotels that more than doubled his per diem limit but were somehow approved by the EPA anyway. A Twitter pal calls it the worst case of Govtfluenza ever.

In September, [John] 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. Beale perpetrated his fraud largely by failing to show up at the EPA for months at a time, including one 18-month stretch starting in June 2011 when he did “absolutely no work,” as Kern, Beale’s lawyer, acknowledged in his court filing.

To explain his long absences, Beale told agency officials — including [EPA administrator Gina] McCarthy — that he was engaged in intelligence work for the CIA, either at agency headquarters or in Pakistan. At one point he claimed to be urgently needed in Pakistan because the Taliban was torturing his CIA replacement, according to Sullivan…

In fact, Beale had no relationship with the CIA at all. Sullivan, the EPA investigator, said he confirmed Beale didn’t even have a security clearance. He spent much of the time he was purportedly working for the CIA at his Northern Virginia home riding bikes, doing housework and reading books, or at a vacation house on Cape Cod

Nor was that Beale’s only deception, according to court documents. In 2008, Beale didn’t show up at the EPA for six months, telling his boss that he was part of a special multi-agency election-year project relating to “candidate security.” He billed the government $57,000 for five trips to California that were made purely “for personal reasons,” his lawyer acknowledged. (His parents lived there.) 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.

Despite an internal investigation and looming prison sentence, some of Beale’s more slow-witted pals at the EPA — who are crafting America’s environmental policy as I write this — apparently still believe that he’s a spy and is simply choosing to “take one for the team” by accepting jail time in order to preserve the secrecy of CIA operations in the field. Don’t underestimate a fool’s willingness to protect his ego by willingly continuing to be fooled. And the punchline is, if Beale hadn’t pushed his greed to an even more absurd length, he’d probably have gotten away with it. He threw a big retirement party for himself aboard a yacht in September 2011; six months later, his boss discovered that he was still on the payroll and the resulting probe uncovered that … he wasn’t officially retired. He was still collecting checks. Apparently, for whatever reason, the guy decided to stop using his CIA nonsense as an excuse not to show up to work and just … fake-retired instead. If he’d quit while he was ahead and retired in 2011 for real, there never would have been an investigation. Although I guess you could look at it the opposite way too: If he’d only concocted a story that was closer to his field of expertise, he could have carried on forever. Had he told them he was hard at work perfecting the ultimate computer model of global warming at his secret home laboratory but that it just wasn’t ready for anyone to see it, they’d probably have given him a raise. As it is, some true-believing moron who worked with him at the EPA is going to end up visiting Langley some day and stenciling an extra star on the wall of honor, Carrie-Mathison-style.

I can’t lie: I feel a certain grudging admiration at the sheer balls it took to pull this off. Looking forward already to the 2016 Hollywood version in which Beale really is a CIA agent working for free under deep cover on Obama’s orders to save the planet from melting ice caps in the nick of time.


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including one 18-month stretch starting in January 2009 when he did “absolutely no work,”

they weren’t referring to King Putt?

Rio Linda Refugee on December 16, 2013 at 1:44 PM

I’ve been using this same ruse for years.

Akzed on December 16, 2013 at 1:46 PM

All that he had to do was say that he was working on union business, and he would never have been caught….

rw on December 16, 2013 at 1:47 PM

They run a tight ship at the EPA.

oldroy on December 16, 2013 at 1:47 PM

wow…we need to start over

DanMan on December 16, 2013 at 1:47 PM

He’s obviously due for a promotion.

UltimateBob on December 16, 2013 at 1:47 PM

He’s in good company with the other climate change frauds…

…and one of the model employee’s of the Obama Administration.

Despite an internal investigation and looming prison sentence, some of Beale’s more slow-witted pals at the EPA — who are crafting America’s environmental policy as I write this — apparently still believe that he’s a spy and is simply choosing to “take one for the team” by accepting jail time in order to preserve the secrecy of CIA operations in the field.

Proving yet again that progressive’s aren’t the sharpest knife’s in the kitchen drawer – and that the only time one get’s a real benefit of the doubt is when one shares the progressive viewpoint.

Athos on December 16, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Who was his supervisor? And who was his supervisor’s supervisor?

oldroy on December 16, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Life is good. If only his minions did the same.

Alas, they destroy the land and all which is productive and independent.

Schadenfreude on December 16, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Podesta will change all that. The EPA capo is back.

Schadenfreude on December 16, 2013 at 1:50 PM

“Why didn’t you pay your taxes Gatsu?”

-”Secret CIA agents don’t pay taxes”

“You aren’t a secret agent.”

-”Your right, I’m Batman. And Batman doesn’t pay taxes either.”

“For the last time you are NOT Batman!”

-”Your right, that would blow my CIA cover.”

Gatsu on December 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

I think I will wear my boots today. The BS is getting a little deep.

DDay on December 16, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Well, at least someone at EPA wasn’t doing any harm to the nation.

rogaineguy on December 16, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Looking forward already to the 2016 Hollywood version in which Beale really is a CIA agent working for free under deep cover on Obama’s orders to save the planet from melting ice caps in the nick of time.

didn’t Peggy Noonan quip that she thinks that all of the people who work for obama seem as if they are playing a movie in their heads?? I mean, this guy is to whom she is referring, right, not just the Jon Favreau-types.

ted c on December 16, 2013 at 1:53 PM

I want his job, well, except for the house cleaning part. Gina, you’re an idiot just like all the other idiots claiming to run things in DC today.

Kissmygrits on December 16, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Not to cast aspersions, but isn’t this somewhat SOP in the SCOAMF administration?

NOMOBO on December 16, 2013 at 1:53 PM

An EPA employee who does nothing, probably the norm. Question is who gets fired for this?

major dad on December 16, 2013 at 1:54 PM

I’m just now hearing about it
-obama

cmsinaz on December 16, 2013 at 1:55 PM

I can understand why there are no comments yet. This post leaves one speechless! I don’t care what kind of crook or scoundrel Beale is or was… this should be cause for two dozen firings at EPA! Starting at the top… and going right on down to the s/he that isssued him a ‘Limper Permit’ without checking his military or medical records..

This is some SCARY stuff…. is there no captain on our ship anymore?

Pecozbill on December 16, 2013 at 1:55 PM

The Earth has a fever and what we need is MORE COWBELL

J_Crater on December 16, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Cripe and the libs want more govt…..
Think of all the food stamps that could have paid for

cmsinaz on December 16, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Is this an NSA plot to take the heat off them..?

d1carter on December 16, 2013 at 1:57 PM

You just can’t make this stuff up!

Scorched_Earth on December 16, 2013 at 1:57 PM

I’m still royally pissed at the EPA for outlawing the only pesticide that controls bedbugs, which up until then were about as prevalent as smallpox, leading to a bedbug epidemic, especially in Cincinnati, which along with Columbus and Dayton are the bedbug capitals of the country. Even our last Democratic Governor Ted Strickland pleaded with Obama’s EPA to allow its use, and they said no.

/Power corrupts. Absolute power leads to bedbug infestations, and lots of free time on their hands.

Paul-Cincy on December 16, 2013 at 1:59 PM

I bet he’s not alone. Plenty of federal agencies have “senior” employees sitting in obscure units collecting large salaries and effectively under little or no supervision, and with no expectation to generate regular work product. DOD, in particular, comes to mind, given its size, but it could happen in any of them.

I can’t lie: I feel a certain grudging admiration at the sheer balls it took to pull this off.

I share the sentiment. Part of me wonders if this was a form of silent protest. Dude figured that he was surrounded by idiots and prevented from moving up to something more senior, and so decided to check-out and live life.

Robert_Paulson on December 16, 2013 at 1:59 PM

There are likely 100,000′s of thousands just like this guy. Cut the size of government by 60% to start.

Murphy9 on December 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM

An EPA employee who does nothing, probably the norm. Question is who gets fired for this?

major dad on December 16, 2013 at 1:54 PM

I had a co-op college job at the EPA. A bigger bunch of slackers you’ve never seen.

Paul-Cincy on December 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Proving yet again that progressive’s aren’t the sharpest knife’s in the kitchen drawer Athos on December 16, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Unintentional humor is the best.

Akzed on December 16, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Troll free.

Kataklysmic on December 16, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Where’s Al Gore in all this mess.someone should ask him if this will damage the settled science of global warming performed by….Top Men.

jaywemm on December 16, 2013 at 2:03 PM

I can understand why there are no comments yet. Pecozbill on December 16, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Comments tarted at 1:44.

Akzed on December 16, 2013 at 2:03 PM

If we could just get the entire EPA to follow his example, that would be worth the taxpayer’s money.

Bat Chain Puller on December 16, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Wake up and smell your money burning. This is nothing new. The problem is that our Government has created an illegal culture of deceit with the creation of black funding holes to launder moneys so that they can be spent on private projects with out proper funding over sites. Does the Department of Homeland Security Bagpipe no bid contract to a company of 6 people with zero music experience and owned by a black female from Africa comes to mind. All this guy did is take advantage of our own governments gullibility. What I think is really important in this story, that we will never know, is how did he get caught? Blanket greed? Did someone actually do their job right? Like so many other mysteries in this government, we will never know.

jpcpt03 on December 16, 2013 at 2:06 PM

There are likely 100,000′s of thousands just like this guy. Cut the size of government by 60% to start.

Murphy9 on December 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM

I think you may have a very inflated opinion on the actual number of Federal workers there.

Johnnyreb on December 16, 2013 at 2:06 PM

His expertise? Climate change.

He defrauded the feds out of nearly $900,000

Well duh! He worked climate change, he would be defrauding the taxpayers even if he had been doing his job.

I want to know how he got his timesheets signed during those months-long absences.

Happy Nomad on December 16, 2013 at 2:07 PM

So, um, I’m available as his replacement…

Fallon on December 16, 2013 at 2:07 PM

To tell the truth, I wish all of the EPA employees would follow this guy’s example. It would be cheaper for America if they did. Just think, the Sackets would not have had to file a law suit just to be able to file a law suit against the federal government. They would have never levied a $30,000.00 a day fine against them building a home. No CO2 regulations against the rest of us.

I’m just saying that it will probably cost the American people less if they all did that.

PrettyD_Vicious on December 16, 2013 at 2:07 PM

“Office of Air and Radiation”???
Sounds like a make work office for inventing science.

jake49 on December 16, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Let’s lower him slowly into something just below the boiling point.

Oh, and abolish the EPA, and let the states run their own agencies. No reason for that to be a Federal issue.

TexasDan on December 16, 2013 at 2:08 PM

I had a co-op college job at the EPA. A bigger bunch of slackers you’ve never seen.

Paul-Cincy on December 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM

There’s a reason why virtually 100% of the EPA went home during the shutdown. My neighbor was one of them and he was actually pissed when the GOP caved and he was ordered back to work on a Wednesday. Apparently he had already made other plans.

Happy Nomad on December 16, 2013 at 2:09 PM

So, um, I’m available as his replacement…

Fallon on December 16, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Right. There’s obviously a vacancy. Big shoes to fill and all that.

TexasDan on December 16, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Off topic, I’m conflicted.

Fallon on December 16, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Did anyone bother to check with HHS to see if he was drawing a salary for designing the O’care website too?

antipc on December 16, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Okay, now that I have my boots on. When was this guy originally hired and who did his background check? Who were the individuals that advanced his career, ie. promotions? Answer these two basic questions and we will have more than one criminal going to jail. Call it a twofer Liberal cleansing.

DDay on December 16, 2013 at 2:13 PM

This could never happen over at HHS.

Bishop on December 16, 2013 at 2:14 PM

*taking notes*

NotCoach on December 16, 2013 at 2:14 PM

He was obviously driven to it by his deep anxiety over the state of the planet. Repeatedly flying to London or cross-country on carbon spewing jets was his way of seizing control of his concerns over the state of the planet, which were also affected by the Tea Party and racism. The important thing is he meant well and nobody got hurt probably.

JeremiahJohnson on December 16, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Give him an obamacare card and make him live with the rest of us

http://cdn.frontpagemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/cuba-hospital.jpg

try not to get sick…sport

roflmfao

donabernathy on December 16, 2013 at 2:15 PM

This could never happen at the White House…

d1carter on December 16, 2013 at 2:15 PM

“.. and looming prison sentence..”

..aye, there’s the rub. Methinks this brigand will be spending some cold Winter nights rolling in his sweet babies arms. After which, I am betting, if he opens his mouth and you look up his a assshole, you’ll see the stars.

The War Planner on December 16, 2013 at 2:15 PM

If he’d only concocted a story that was closer to his field of expertise, he could have carried on forever. Had he told them he was hard at work perfecting the ultimate computer model of global warming at his secret home laboratory

he thinks he’s friggin’ batman or something….

ted c on December 16, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Problem is he is not as big a liar as Michael Mann in fact is, nor as big a danger to U.S. all.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 16, 2013 at 2:17 PM

This could never happen at the White House…

d1carter on December 16, 2013 at 2:15 PM

So, anybody know what the czars and their staffs are up to this holiday season?

Fallon on December 16, 2013 at 2:18 PM

I want to know, when does Al Gore get his due?

Oil Can on December 16, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Did anyone bother to check with HHS to see if he was drawing a salary for designing the O’care website too?

antipc on December 16, 2013 at 2:13 PM

The tone of the federal government, like any group, is set by its leader. Smile, say you’re doing something important, barely go through the motions of your job. That’s the example Obama is setting.

Paul-Cincy on December 16, 2013 at 2:19 PM

On how the commie hate America Democrats punish those within their ranks who commit high crimes,,,, they run them for Pres. as with Kerry , Clinton, and soon Ms Clinton as they did with Obama.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 16, 2013 at 2:19 PM

EPA gets in final judgment from: http://www.wattsupwiththat.com

Judgment comes for these lying frauds.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 16, 2013 at 2:21 PM

After working for the gubmint, I came to believe that you could pull of any ruse to get out of working if you had enough panache.

This guy is the tops. CIA? LOL.

PattyJ on December 16, 2013 at 2:22 PM

I feel a certain grudging admiration at the sheer balls it took to pull this off.

Not really. It just required ABOVE NORMAL stupidity on the part of his bosses.

You know, the people writing ‘regulations’ that have the force of law.

GarandFan on December 16, 2013 at 2:24 PM

The new version of “Catch me if you can.”

Kokonut on December 16, 2013 at 2:25 PM

In September, [John] 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.

This happened in September and we’re just now hearing about it?

dont taze me bro on December 16, 2013 at 2:27 PM

So he was in Pakistan for the CIA and then retired in June 2011? He must have been the person who found Bin Laden and collected the 25 million after the raid on the compound in May 2011.

moo on December 16, 2013 at 2:28 PM

He spent much of the time he was purportedly working for the CIA at his Northern Virginia home riding bikes, doing housework and reading books, or at a vacation house on Cape Cod…

Yes, but did he at least do his part to harass, extort, stifle, shut down, regulate out of existence, and bury under several contradicting leviathanic libraries of regulation each and every wealth-generating industry that he encountered?

If so, what’s the BFD?

/good grief

M240H on December 16, 2013 at 2:30 PM

His handler was Ben “Walter Mitty” Stiller.

Christien on December 16, 2013 at 2:52 PM

In fact, Beale had no relationship with the CIA at all.

Yep, that’s what the CIA says.

Of course… the CIA also insisted, for years, to Congress, the FBI, and everybody else, that Robert Levinson had no relationship with the CIA.

Not that I’m a conspiracy theorist or anything, but we are dealing with people who lie for a living, about everything. Everything. Ask me, Beale and the CIA deserve each other.

Hayabusa on December 16, 2013 at 2:53 PM

The saddest aspect of the whole story??

How many more individuals are out there who are
engaging in this???????????????

ToddPA on December 16, 2013 at 3:03 PM

including one 18-month stretch starting in June 2011 when he did “absolutely no work”

This explains why he got away with this so long, he was surrounded by people doing the same thing.

JusDreamin on December 16, 2013 at 3:10 PM

He did “absolutely no work”?

Good. If only more EPA employees followed his lead, we’d all be better off.

MTF on December 16, 2013 at 3:11 PM

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.

LOL. Sounds like he took John Kerry’s life and tweaked a few facts.

txhsmom on December 16, 2013 at 3:12 PM

wow…we need to start over

DanMan on December 16, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Am I the only one who thinks this is the tip of the ice berg? Weren’t those great EPA folks caught watching or reading porn at work?

dogsoldier on December 16, 2013 at 3:13 PM

We need to put this guy to work as a pollution sampler. Take him to the top of the dirtiest smokestack in America, and make him stick his head in for 8 hours a day.

Steve Z on December 16, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Acknowledgment: I got the following from whatcat. Seems like the perfect place for it:

That’s an interesting story.
By the way, my Aunt Gertrude found a way to make $125,000 per month in her spare time working at home, you can too…..

.
.
(whatcat on December 13, 2013 at 8:06 PM)

ExpressoBold on December 16, 2013 at 3:15 PM

I feel a certain grudging admiration at the sheer balls it took to pull this off.

My first thought as well. Wow, what stones.

My second thought was: Well, at least they got him. That’s good news.

My third thought was: The bad news is that there are probably a thousand just like him working for the federales.

Nomennovum on December 16, 2013 at 3:16 PM

There are likely 100,000′s of thousands just like this guy. Cut the size of government by 60% to start.

Murphy9 on December 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM

I think you may have a very inflated opinion on the actual number of Federal workers there.

According to the latest Census, there are 2.6M full-time federal employees and another 16.3M full-time state & local employees.

IrishTexan on December 16, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Despite an internal investigation and looming prison sentence, some of Beale’s more slow-witted pals at the EPA — who are crafting America’s environmental policy as I write this — apparently still believe that he’s a spy and is simply choosing to “take one for the team” by accepting jail time in order to preserve the secrecy of CIA operations in the field.

Think about it, though: it sounds like Beale was a pathological liar who lived a double life and maintained an elaborate cover story for years, fooling those who trusted him the most…

This guy would have been perfect for the CIA!

They should have recruited him when they had the chance.

Hayabusa on December 16, 2013 at 3:22 PM

This guy would have been perfect for the CIA!

They should have recruited him when they had the chance.

Hayabusa on December 16, 2013 at 3:22 PM

.
Thinking about that for a moment, I wonder “Is Brody really dead?”

ExpressoBold on December 16, 2013 at 3:32 PM

one of the lessons that is actually very hard for people to understand is that people lie all the time.

it seems that Americans have become especially credulous…or especially stupid. bureaucrats both are stupid, and really don’t care much. There’s no management systems in place, which explains the SEC watching porn all day, the barrycare ‘rollout’ and little things like this

lies become truth very easily…sure, some get caught ..but many do not becoming the urban legends that we live our life by…like CAGW

r keller on December 16, 2013 at 3:45 PM

lies become truth very easily…sure, some get caught ..but many do not becoming the urban legends that we live our life by…like CAGW

r keller on December 16, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Hilarious! CAGW can either mean Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming or Citizens Against Government Waste! You hit a two-fer! Did you mean to do that or was it “luck?”

ExpressoBold on December 16, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Presidential pardon coming soon….from Hawaii.

NoPain on December 16, 2013 at 4:20 PM

This guy is an idol.

Don’t cry for him, he’s got a seven-figure movie deal in his very near future.

Well played, sir. Well. Played.

budfox on December 16, 2013 at 4:20 PM

It would not surprise me if this were happening in several other agencies.

sadatoni on December 16, 2013 at 4:27 PM

It would not only surprise me if this weren’t happening in several every other agenciesy.

sadatoni on December 16, 2013 at 4:27 PM

My take…

Anti-Control on December 16, 2013 at 4:32 PM

It has become evident that the Government of our fathers has become a culture of lies, deceit and a government of self interest, marred by infective manage of even the most basic daily activities. In the course of recent events it has become self evidential that “We the People” again must stand united and be measured for our beliefs in Freedom and Democracy and re instill in our government the believe that they will be held accountable for their actions. It is for this reason that all bloggers, groups and organizations that profess to believe in the Constitution of the United States must bind together to create a singular group for the retaking of our way of life. United we can stand against all ineptness and tyranny of these self installed demigods. Singularly we will be destined to serfdom.

jpcpt03 on December 16, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Fraud perpetrated by a government global warmer, where is the news in that?
/Sarcasm off

RJL on December 16, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Embrace the suck…and there is a lot of it…..

crosshugger on December 16, 2013 at 4:54 PM

I hope the govt is at least trying to get back some of that money they wasted on him. Liens, asset confiscation, repo etc.

I was hoping they’d do the same to Lois Lerner…especially when she was on ‘leave with pay’.

JetBlast on December 17, 2013 at 10:34 AM