EPA “climate expert” John C. Beale was sentenced to 32 months in federal prison plus $1.3 million in restitution today following a guilty plea.
Beale was earning $206,000 per year making him EPA’s highest paid employee. He earned more than EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.
Federal Judge Ellen Huvelle called Beale’s crime of defrauding the U.S. government of over $1 million “inexplicable” and “egregious.”
Beale said that he did it for “greed, simple greed, and I’m ashamed of that greed.”
Perhaps Beale’s most bizarre fraud was falsely posing as a CIA agent as a cover to avoid his official duties. Federal prosecutors described Beale’s deceptions as a “crime of massive proportion.”
Beale has requested to serve his time at a minimum security satellite prison camp in Otisville, NY “where the roughly 120 inmates can freely walk around outside, play tennis and horseshoes and spend their evenings crowded around the television to watch shows like “American Idol” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” E&E publishing. It is unclear whether Judge Huvelle will endorse Beale’s request or whether the Federal Bureau of Prisons will honor it.
Beale’s investigation, guilty plea and sentencing are a major black eye for EPA at a time when that agency is pushing its regulatory authority to expand the boundaries of its statutory mandate to unprecedented levels.
“Greed” from a climate change expert? Not the most shocking revelation of the day.