Thursday, September 05, 2013

"No one checked": Former high-level EPA climate change guy/planet healer expected to plead guilty to "massive fraud"

Former senior EPA adviser Beale expected to plead guilty in $900,000 pay fraud - The Washington Post
At agency headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue, Beale fostered an enigmatic image. He frequently traveled to China, South Africa and England, according to several people who worked with him. He would describe his trips and mention a lingering case of malaria.
...Sen. David Vitter (La.), the top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, called the alleged scheme a “massive fraud” and has demanded additional investigation by the inspector general to determine whether the alleged corruption extends further in the agency that protects the nation’s air, water and land.
Phone messages left Wednesday for Beale and his wife were not returned. Beale, who has a master’s degree from Princeton University, began his career at the EPA in the late 1980s. He was intimately involved in the reauthorization of the Clean Air Act in 1990. During the George W. Bush administration, he coordinated the EPA’s discussions and activities on climate change with other agencies and the White House at a senior staff level.

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