“I can’t come to the office, I’m working for the CIA”

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HR at the Environmental Protection Agency must be feeling pretty embarrassed as news emerges that an employee convinced his supervisors he was working for the CIA.

By convincing a series of supervisors including top officials in the Office of Air and Radiation, John Beale managed to draw out the ruse for years – getting paid for two and a half years of work he didn’t complete, and receiving $500,000 in un-earned bonuses.

Beale was working as a senior policy advisor at the time and his lies included claiming he had contracted malaria to get assigned a prime parking spot. He also claimed expenses of more than $50,000 to visit family in Los Angeles.

He said he was motivated by a sense of excitement and the rush of getting away with something and now feels “shame” and wonders “how stupid could a person be?”

He was caught when EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, who led the Air and Radiation office from 2009, became suspicious last year.

As part of Beale’s plea deal, he has agreed to repay the government nearly $900,000 in salary and bonuses, in addition to forfeiting more than $500,000.


  • Tom from Burnaby BC on 2013-12-20 5:01:47 PM

    what an article.

    It re-enforces that if he can get away with it, so can other government employees who never get caught in any country.

    Yes Even Canada!

    Look at the Senate that corruption has been going on for years.

    Apparently it's called white collar crime which is not really punishable in Canada.

    It is important to pay attention and please get out and vote in all elections that you can participate in.

    Some citizens in the world do not have the luxury of voting in free elections.

    We are lucky people for now!

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