I really should say: John Beale WAS our government's leading climate change expert and was one of the EPA's senior policy advisors and certainly lead EPA by the nose. That "he was" is key because now he is going to jail for 32 months. Why? He spread lies about himself being in the CIA, and on missions for the CIA in Pakistan (while actually in cape Cod enjoying himself), apparently all to keep earning his pay but avoid actually working for a living while he was supposed to be carrying out his duties as a top advisor at the EPA. He made up those falsified duties saying he needed to be able to take off from work, one day per week, over 13 years. In 2008, he took off for over 6 months saying he was on a political security detail and charging the government for $57,000 worth of trips to California. He also took an official trip, a flight in first class to Europe that cost $14,000, when coach would have cost only $1,000 and allegedly flew first class other times because of a dubious back injury claim. There were numerous other deceptions. He pulled of scams over a 13 year period that netted him over $1,000,000.00 in government money.
Kudos to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy who smelled a rat relative to this embezzling thief's expenses and to Assistant Inspector General Patrick Sullivan, who spearheaded the internal investigation. Oddly enough, out of 40 employees interviewed, only one reportedly ever suspected Beale's claims, that he was working for the CIA, were bogus. My bet would be that plenty more suspected it but were smart or scared enough not to open their mouths and talk about it out of fear of retribution for never having brought it to light in the past.
Now remember, they called him the government's leading expert of climate change! Makes me wonder what lies he may have told about that, not only to support all that climate change balderdash, but to fill his pockets with more unearned taxpayer funds.
All the best,
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