EPA official stole $900K by not showing up
September 29 , 2013
A former high-ranking official with the EPA did more than calling in sick with a small lie.
John C. Beale pleaded guilty for stealing about $900,000 from the agency over a span of 13 years by not showing up for work and falsely claiming he works for the CIA.
The 64-year old, who used to work as a deputy assistant administrator in the Office of Air and Radiation, is now facing a sentence of 30 to 37 years along with $886,000 in restitution, an additional 507,000 forfeiture as well as up to $60,000 in fine.
Reports suggest that Beale used to take a day off work every week starting in 2000 by claiming he was assigned to a special advisory group for the CIA. The former official missed a total of 102 days from 2000 to June 2008 and was a no-show for six months after that.
After Beale announced that he was retiring from the EPA, he took off again from June 2011 to Dec. 2012. Hence, he managed to not go to work for a total of 2.5 years.