EPA’s Climate Change Expert to Wear Prison Garb

Let’s hope they have an orange jumpsuit that will fit John Beale, supposedly the EPA’s highest-paid employee, who lied to his boss, Gina McCarthy, for years.  See this story at NBC.  Brace yourselves, folks, ’cause it gets pretty weird.

Mr. Beale told his superior at EPA that he worked for the CIA, and his EPA job was just supposed to be a cover for his spy work.  From the NBC post:

Beale pled guilty in September to bilking the government out of nearly $1 million in salary and other benefits over a decade. He 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 his lawyer acknowledged in a sentencing memo filed last week.

When Huvelle asked Beale what he was doing when he claimed he was working for the CIA, he said, “I spent time exercising. I spent a lot of time working on my house.”

Here are your tax dollars at work, friends and neighbors.

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 the agency’s administrator, Gina McCarthy, according to agency documents.

Follow the link, and read the whole story, after you’ve taken your blood-pressure meds.