ThinkProgress writes ‘Once upon a time…:
According to a source that spoke with E&E News, McCarthy uncovered Beale’s fraud earlier this year while she was still head of the Air and Radiation office. After spotting discrepancies on time sheets and internal reports, McCarthy brought the matter to authorities and eventually pushed Beale to resign this past Spring.
Beale has already paid the EPA back the $886,186 he stole. Under his plea agreement, he’s also agreed to forfeit an additional $507,000, to pay fines of as much as $60,000, and will face up to 37 months in prison. The maximum sentence for theft of government property is 10 years, and a hearing in the case will be held October 9.