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The United States’ Highest Paid Climate Change Expert Has Been Sentenced to 32 Months in Federal Prison on Fraud Charges.

by Baxter Dmitry, Your News Wire:

The highest paid climate change “expert” in the country says he “got a rush” out of lying

The United States’ highest paid climate change expert has been sentenced to 32 months in federal prison on fraud charges.

John C. Beale’s crimes were “inexplicable” and “unbelievably egregious,” said Judge Ellen Huvelle in imposing the sentence in a Washington. D.C. federal court.

Beale drew a $200,000 plus salary per year and regularly travelled around the world staying high end hotels – all at the taxpayer’s expense – while claiming to be saving the world from global warming as well as working for the CIA on covert assignments.

What else do you think he has been lying about?

nbcnews reports:

“Why did I do this? Greed – simple greed – and I’m ashamed of that greed,” Beale told the court. He also said it was possible that he got a “rush” and a “sense of excitement” by telling people he was worked for the CIA. “It was something like an addiction,” he said.

Beale pled guilty in September to bilking the government out of nearly $1 million in salary and other benefits over a decade. He perpetrated his fraud largely by failing to show up at the EPA for months at a time, including one 18-month stretch starting in June 2011 when he did “absolutely no work,” as his lawyer acknowledged in a sentencing memo filed last week.

When Huvelle asked Beale what he was doing when he claimed he was working for the CIA, he said, “I spent time exercising. I spent a lot of time working on my house.”

He also said he used the time “trying to find ways to fine tune the capitalist system” to discourage companies from damaging the environment. “I spent a lot of time reading on that,” said Beale.

Prosecutor Jim Smith said Beale’s crimes made him a “poster child for what is wrong with government.”

The sentence drew swift reaction from Capitol Hill, including demands from a top Republican for further investigation into the EPA to determine how Beale got away with his fraud for so long.

“The case this morning highlights a massive problem with the EPA,” said Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He said Beale had stolen taxpayer money under the nose of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who for years had been his immediate boss.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D.-Calif.), chair of the committee, sought to defend McCarthy. “I commend the EPA administrator for taking steps to shine a light on the actions of this rogue employee, and her actions helped uncover his crimes,” she said.

Boxer also called Beale’s sentence “appropriate given [his] outrageous activities.”

EPA inspector general Arthur Elkins, whose office investigated Beale’s case, said in a statement Wednesday that his office is “actively looking at the EPA’s sloppy internal controls and management actions that enabled Mr. Beale’s frauds to occur…Expect to see the results of more audits from us in the coming months.”

When he first began looking into Beale’s deceptions last February, said EPA Assistant Inspector General Patrick Sullivan, who spearheaded the Beale probe, “I thought, ‘Oh my God, How could this possibly have happened in this agency? … I’ve worked for the government for 35 years. I’ve never seen a situation like this.”

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5 comments to The United States’ Highest Paid Climate Change Expert Has Been Sentenced to 32 Months in Federal Prison on Fraud Charges.

  • joejoe

    Anthropogenic global warming is the biggest scam since the federal reserve.

    • Ed_B

      Agreed. The science behind it is of miserable quality and only those who are either unfamiliar with the scientific method OR are getting money out of this think that it is real.

      IMO, AGW is a political scam that is designed to funnel money and power into the leftists that they neither have earned nor deserve.

      In the 1970s, they were all atwitter about “global cooling”. When that failed to generate the expected response, they switched to “global warming”. Now that this also has flopped, they are down to “global climate change”. This last is said with a snooty look on their idiotic faces, as if the Earth’s climate would be static without us miserable human beings on it. It would not be. The climatic record, as shown in ancient glacial ice cores prove that the Earth’s climate changes quite often. Sometimes, such as with ice ages, it is cyclical. At other times, the data simply isn’t good enough to show much of anything that is solid.

      It does not take much time or effort in searching the Internet to show that there are significant arguments against AGW and many thousands of scientists with strong academic credentials who do not think that the evidence for AGW is at all convincing. Check out the site “Access to Energy” sometime. Great site and 100% based on solid science and not on leftist political agendas.

  • Global Grist

    When one person bilks the government out of $1M it’s called Theft and you get prosecuted.
    When millions of people bilk government out of $1M’s it’s called Welfare, Government Assistance and Entitlements.
    When you are illegal aliens bilking the government out of $1M’s it’s called ???

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