EPA climate expert Beale sentenced to 32 months plus restitution for fraud

By |2013-12-18T13:25:26+00:00December 18th, 2013|News|11 Comments

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.

EPA Beale Fraud behind bars


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  1. al_kidya December 18, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    This looks so good on the EPA! The IPCC should be investigated for fraud as well.

  2. Logo December 18, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    One down, thousands to go, but at least we know who these charlatans are!

  3. BOBT12 December 18, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    This is the sort of gull that the Climate fraud folks will attract. The EPA learned nothing from Climate Gate likely due to the possible issue that they helped hack to plan.

  4. GlobalFreezingDotCom December 18, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Deceit with organizations that have millions of dollars coming in is common like with the IPCC. However, freezing temperatures can not be denied. http://globalfreezing.com

  5. James H. Rust December 18, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    An EPA climate expert pleads guilty to fraud and then puts in a request to be sent to a country club prison. Do we ordinary folks get such privileges? I don’t think there are mechanisms to collect the $1.3 million restitution.
    Beale will be collecting social security and a hefty pension while in jail. This may amount to several hundred thousand per year. He could make restitution off these funds.
    James H. Rust

  6. carefix December 19, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Unfortunately while he has the modus operandi of the global warming swindlers he has not been sent down for purveying the AGW scam as such. He was simply living in a make believe world and sending the taxpayer the bill. While this is pretty much how Warmist World works his particular fanatasy world was one of espionage and expense accounts which I do not believe is a mainstream warmist delusion – or is it? Wasn’t there some guy called Gleik who was a warmist engaging in pretend espionage?

    Maybe there is some greater relevance to this story.

  7. faceshaker December 19, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    What does pretending to be a C.I.A. agent to avoid EPA duties have to do with climate change? Climate denial “experts” are typically on the petroleum industry dole themselves, paid to play with the Big Boy anti-environment war machine, but since they’re scientists supporting the oil and gas industry, conservatives accept the bought-and-paid-for “research” bent on proving what is set as an agenda rather than questioning the pre-fabricated answers.

    Jack Abramoff, swindler, conspiracist, lobbyist, influence panhandler, got 32 months, and now says Congress is totally corrupted. Probably because the vast majority of Americans aren’t nearly as dumb as presumed and have judged the “no compromise” factionistas that actually did build the most useless Congress in American history, while doing the cock-walk of “defending” jobs without doing anything at all about jobs, and are thus now less popular with voters than dog poop. He has “repented” and is now back. Russian TV is all about Jack Abramoff these days.

    I’m beginning to suspect “jobs” are people.

    And Ralph Reed, the holy of holies among white choirboys, like the little girl in the “Shake and Bake” commercials in the Seventies, can now say, “And I hailped!”

    Project, withdraw, deny: Neolithic reaction formations among those who consider the Neolithic Age “a matter of faith”.

  8. Jesus Ramerez December 19, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    The only thing unique about Beale is the extent of the theft and the story he used to pull it off. Government waste and theft exists in every agency and the level of incompetence is mind boggling. Just one example is the SEC, which was warned about Bernie Madoff’s scam numerous times and yet found nothing wrong when they finally investigated him. What’s truly scary is that some believe this same government is capable of running a health care system. God help us.

  9. rocketride December 20, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Needs a bullet to the head, not some time in “Club Fed”.

  10. Oliver_K_Manuel December 22, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    FEAR of “power beyond the dreams of scientific fiction” that

    1. Aston described in the last paragraph of his 1922 Nobel Lecture,

    2. Destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 August 1945, and

    3. Scared world leaders into quietly ending the scientific revolution [1].

    Best wishes to all for the Holidays and the New Year!

    Oliver K. Manuel

    1. A Journey to the Core of the Sun: 2. Acceptance of reality


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