Senior EPA official stole $850,000 while masquerading as a CIA agent

The job of senior policy advisor to the EPA doesn’t sound like a very exciting one, but for John C. Beale, it was an open license. Beale’s official job was running the agency’s Air Policy office, but he convinced his colleagues he was also on contract to the CIA, taking unannounced trips to Pakistan and blaming recurrent absences on a fictional malaria infection, contracted during an equally fictional tour of duty in the Vietnam War.

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