He was a fake CIA agent who managed to get paid for doing no work for the EPA.
The man Bob Allen wrote about back in February is finally getting sentenced for his frauds. John C. Beale was a fake CIA agent who deceived his boss so that he didn’t have to do any work but still got paid.
Why did he do it? He claims he did it for the money but he also confesses he did it for the thrill:
NBC News reports,
The EPA’s highest-paid employee and a leading expert on climate change was sentenced to 32 months in federal prison Wednesday for lying to his bosses and saying he was a CIA spy working in Pakistan so he could avoid doing his real job.
John C. Beale’s crimes were “inexplicable” and “unbelievably egregious,” said Judge Ellen Huvelle in imposing the sentence in a Washington. D.C. federal court. Beale has also agreed to pay $1.3 million in restitution and forfeiture to the government.
Beale said he was ashamed of his lies about working for the CIA, a ruse that, according to court records, began in 2000 and continued until early this year.
“Why did I do this? Greed – simple greed – and I’m ashamed of that greed,” Beale told the court. He also said it was possible that he got a “rush” and a “sense of excitement” by telling people he was worked for the CIA. “It was something like an addiction,” he said.
I don’t think “greed” really explains too much. In most cases Beale was simply getting his salary. So he wasn’t usually getting extra money; he just didn’t bother to show up for work. Laziness. I guess he preferred to view pornography in the privacy of his own home rather than show up at the office to view it there like the more “productive” EPA employees.
What exactly were we supposed to trust this man to tell us about climate change?
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.”
He also said he used the time “trying to find ways to fine tune the capitalist system” to discourage companies from damaging the environment. “I spent a lot of time reading on that,” said Beale.
I think we were better off with Beale being a fake CIA agent rather than trying to implement the material he was reading.
Even though Beale was an extreme case, the fact that it took the EPA so long to discover what he was doing indicates that the bureaucracy might be full of fraud.