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Tue Dec 17, 2013, 11:02 AM


Climate change expert's fraud was 'crime of massive proportion,' say feds [View all]

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Former high-ranking Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official John Beale testifies
before the House Oversight Committee on Oct. 1, 2013.

December 16, 2013
By Michael Isikoff
NBC News National Investigative Correspondent

The EPA’s highest-paid employee and a leading expert on climate change deserves to go to prison for at least 30 months for lying to his bosses and saying he was a CIA spy working in Pakistan so he could avoid doing his real job, say federal prosecutors.

John C. Beale, who pled guilty in September to bilking the government out of nearly $1 million in salary and other benefits over a decade, will be sentenced in a Washington, D.C., federal court on Wednesday. In a newly filed sentencing memo, prosecutors said that his lies were a "crime of massive proportion" that were “offensive” to those who actually do dangerous work for the CIA.

Beale’s lawyer, while acknowledging his guilt, has asked for leniency and offered a psychological explanation for the climate expert’s bizarre tales.

“With the help of his therapist,” wrote attorney John Kern, “Mr. Beale has come to recognize that, beyond the motive of greed, his theft and deception were animated by a highly self-destructive and dysfunctional need to engage in excessively reckless, risky behavior.” Kern also said Beale was driven “to manipulate those around him through the fabrication of grandiose narratives … that are fueled by his insecurities.”


- The irony is his story could have as easily been true, because he's just the kinda guy the CIA hires. You know, delusional......

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