EPA Employee Charged with Stealing $886,186 Since 2000

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | August 23, 2013 | 5:17 PM EDT

A massive fraud case erupted today at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation with news the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) pressed criminal charges on an EPA employee for stealing $886,186 from the Agency.

According to the DOJ's charge (U.S. v John C. Beale.pdf), the EPA employee stole the $886,186 over a period of more than thirteen years:

"From in or about 2000 through on or about April 30, 2013, in the District of Columbia and elsewhere, in a continuing course of conduct, the defendant, JOHN C. BEALE, while an employee of the United States Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA"), knowingly stole and converted for his own use money and property of the United States, to wit, $886,186, which said money and property had come into the defendant's possession in the form of salary, benefits, and certain Retention Incentive Bonuses for which BEALE had not earned by providing employment services to the EPA."

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) of the Environment and Public Works Committee reacted, chastising EPA officials for complaining about the sequester cutting their agency's budget even though "their own employees are stealing" from them":

"There appears to be corruption to the umpteenth degree," Vitter said. "I think it's appalling that Administrator McCarthy and former acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe could claim that sequester is depriving the agency of important resources when in fact their own employees are stealing from the government.  It's clear that further investigations are necessary, and at the appropriate time we'll need answers - a whole lot of answers."