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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - John C. Beale
The deposition of John C. Beale, released Wednesday by the House oversight committee, contrasts with the EPA’s own claims that it was EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy who exposed the fraud and helped oust Beale.
"EPA official sentenced for bizarre 'spy' ruse" (Web, Dec. 18) really got my ire up. John C. Beale and a host of others like him have over the years been allowed to retire or quit their federal jobs and draw their civil service retirements later. From what I gather, there is no provision to strip such individuals of their civil service pensions even if they get long prison sentences.
John C. Beale, the former high ranking EPA bureaucrat whose ruse about working as a spy allowed him to collect years of paychecks despite not showing up to work, was sentenced to just over two-and-a-half years in federal prison Wednesday.
The high-ranking EPA bureaucrat who bilked the agency of more than $800,000 by pretending to be a CIA operative is in therapy trying figure out what — beyond greed — caused him to pull off perhaps the most infamous workplace attendance fraud in government history.
The phrase "nonessential personnel" re-entered the lexicon during last month's government shutdown as 800,000 of these lucky people were rewarded with an unexpected paid vacation. Two free weeks off is nice, but this "government service" pales in comparison to the laid-back lifestyle at the Environmental Protection Agency, where an employee can miss 2 years of work without anyone noticing.
A former high-ranking official with the Environmental Protection Agency pleaded guilty Friday to stealing nearly $900,000 from the agency over 13 years by failing to show up for work while falsely claiming to be working for the CIA and for filing bogus expenses.
But he said Ms. McCarthy shouldn't be blamed for failing to spot his fraud and that it was relatively easy to pull off his scam.
In testimony that runs more than 250 pages, and that was released by Republicans and Democrats on the investigative committee, Beale described the extent of his deception and how easy it was to fool his colleagues and superiors.