Last year we reported on the case of John Beale, the career EPA employee who was busted for fraud for claiming to be a covert CIA operative while bilking the EPA for years as one of its highest paid employees, who was spending his time at home figuring out how to, in his own words, “modify the DNA of the capitalist system…” Because government bureaucrats like Beale are just so good at that.
Last week Beale was finally sentenced to 32 months in federal prison and will be required to pay $1.3 million in restitution to the government. There was a useful admission in his statement to the court: government bureaucrats can be greedy too:
“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. . .
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.”
This is hardly the end of EPA criminality in the age of Obama Lawlessness. Kim Strassel reports today in the Wall Street Journal that Hillary isn’t the only government employee who wiped her computer hard drive clean and erased email records. More: the offending EPA bureaucrat, Philip North, has apparently fled the country to avoid complying with a federal court subpoena:
It gets weirder, in that Mr. North was one of those Obama employees whose government hard drives conveniently crashed. Only after Congress started investigating the Pebble scandal did the EPA inform lawmakers that Mr. North’s crash just happened to wipe out documents from the period in question.
Mr. North, meanwhile, has fled the country. He retired from the EPA in the spring of 2013. The House Oversight Committee in July of that year asked him to appear for an interview. They went round and round on a possible date, until in October 2013 he claimed he was on a world boat tour, and that moreover his boat had suffered damage. He also hired a lawyer, who has not made Mr. North available for in-person or telephone interviews. He’s thought to be in Australia.
January 20, 2017 can’t come soon enough.