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EPA Officials Obstructed Fraud Investigation
The Washington free Beacon ^ | 2-26-2014 | CJ Ciaramella

Posted on 02/26/2014 7:07:06 PM PST by smoothsailing

February 26, 2014

EPA Officials Obstructed Fraud Investigation

Blocked probe of senior official who cost taxpayers nearly $900,000

CJ Ciaramella

Several Environmental Protection Agency employees obstructed an investigation into the mismanagement that allowed a senior EPA official to bilk taxpayers for nearly $900,000, the EPA Inspector General said in a letter to Sen. David Vitter (R., La.) released Wednesday.

EPA employees threatened Inspector General investigators, refused to cooperate, and handed out non-disclosure agreements to other employees to keep them from being interviewed, EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins Jr. wrote in response to a request for information by Vitter on the case.

“Over the past 12 months, there have been several EPA officials who have taken action to prevent [the Office of Investigations] OI from conducting investigations or have attempted to obstruct investigations through intimidation,” Elkins wrote.

John Beale pleaded guilty in September 2013 to time card and travel fraud spanning two decades and amounting to nearly $900,000 in taxpayer dollars. Beale also spent a total of two and a half years absent from work, claiming he was away on CIA business. He was sentenced to 32 months in prison in December 2013.

After closing its criminal investigation, the Inspector General began an audit of the lack of internal controls that allowed Beale to defraud the agency. That audit has implicated a growing number of EPA officials.

“We are starting to see proof of what we had already suspected: John Beale’s time and attendance fraud was the tip of the iceberg at the EPA,” Vitter said in a statement to the Free Beacon. “The whole agency seems to be in complete disarray, which is exactly why we need to have a full [Environment and Public Works] Committee hearing on the fraud surrounding this case and other prevalent problems.”

In the public version of Elkin’s letter released Wednesday, the names of the EPA employees in question were redacted. However, the Free Beacon has obtained an unredacted version of the letter.

The letter identified one of the alleged obstructionist employees as Steve Williams in the EPA’s Office of Homeland Security (OHS).

“During the course of an OI administrative investigation, Mr. Williams approached an OI special agent in a threatening manner, preventing the special agent from conducting her official duties in an ongoing investigation involving Mr. Williams and other members of OHS,” Elkins wrote. “Additionally, Mr. Williams issued non-disclosure agreements to EPA employees that prevented these employees from cooperating with [the Office of the Inspector General] OIG investigations.”

“The Federal Protective Service conducted a criminal investigation and referred its finding of facts to support an assault charge to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia (USAO),” Elkins continued. “The USAO declined prosecution and referred the matter back to the EPA OIG for administrative action as necessary.”

Williams’ office originally attempted to investigate Beale’s fraud, a move the Inspector General said set their own investigation back by months.

Elkins also identified Nancy Dunham in the EPA’s Office of General Counsel and John Martin at OHS as two other employees who impeded the Inspector General’s investigation.

OIG agents interviewed Dunham during its criminal investigation of Beale, but she refused to be interviewed for an audit of the management issues that failed to prevent Beale’s fraud.

“A potential gap in information exists due to Ms. Dunham’s noncompliance,” Elkins wrote.

Dunham told investigators that she learned about Beale’s pay issues in late 2012. However, Elkins wrote that his office “later developed information through other interviews which indicates that Ms. Dunham hay have been aware of Mr. Beale’s pay issues several months or even a year prior to what she told OI during her interview.”

According to Elkins, Martin left his interview early and later issued non-disclosure agreements to EPA employees.

The EPA and the EPA OIG originally credited EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy with bringing Beale’s fraud to the attention of investigators after first becoming suspicious of him in April 2012.

However, emails and reports released by the EPA in response to requests by Vitter revealed that McCarthy was aware of issues related to Beale’s pay as early as 2011.

One February 2011 email obtained by Vitter’s office said: “Gina is reluctant to finalize [the cancellation of Beale’s bonuses] unless OARM Craig gives her the okay that the White House is aware and there will not be any political fallout.”

Elkins said the Inspector General did not investigate White House involvement in the case.

The EPA did not respond to a request for comment.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: arthurelkinsjr; davidvitter; dncrico; epa; eparico; johnbeale; louisiana; misprisionoffelony; obamarico

1 posted on 02/26/2014 7:07:06 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
It's not government. There is no government.

It's just looting.

2 posted on 02/26/2014 7:08:57 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: smoothsailing

"When the law no longer protects you from the corrupt,
but protects the corrupt from you -
you know your nation is doomed."

-Ayn Rand


3 posted on 02/26/2014 7:17:33 PM PST by Diogenesis
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To: smoothsailing

Just another day at the whitehouse.


4 posted on 02/26/2014 7:18:03 PM PST by Revel
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To: smoothsailing

Corrupt from the top down and the watchdog IG’s are either being denied access or being fired.


5 posted on 02/26/2014 7:27:40 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

“Corrupt from the top down and the watchdog IG’s are either being denied access or being fired.”

This is VERY worrisome. They were just about the last line of defense.


6 posted on 02/26/2014 7:32:54 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: smoothsailing

“...and later issued non-disclosure agreements to EPA employees.”

I just can’t believe that this is legal or enforceable.


7 posted on 02/26/2014 7:34:21 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: The Antiyuppie

Yes it is...I never thought I’d live to see our nation on the road to a corrupt third world country.


8 posted on 02/26/2014 7:38:36 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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9 posted on 02/26/2014 7:42:13 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: jazusamo

It’s gotten past the point where there are enough lamp posts in DC to hang all the criminals.


10 posted on 02/26/2014 7:50:02 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: ClearCase_guy

The EPA has outlived any usefullness it may have once had. It needs to be shut down.


11 posted on 02/26/2014 7:51:47 PM PST by jospehm20
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To: smoothsailing

I couldn’t agree more, my FRiend.


12 posted on 02/26/2014 8:00:57 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jospehm20

The EPA never had any usefulness. Problems with pollution could have been handled by the courts.

As for this latest lawlessness on the part of our government, nothing will happen. It will all be forgotten.


13 posted on 02/26/2014 8:21:19 PM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: Pining_4_TX

I thought as much. I read somewhere that air quality got better faster in the years before the EPA was formed than it has since.


14 posted on 02/26/2014 8:23:31 PM PST by jospehm20
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To: smoothsailing

” - - - “The whole agency seems to be in complete disarray, which is exactly why we need to have a full [Environment and Public Works] Committee hearing on the fraud surrounding this case and other prevalent problems.” - - - “

Speaker Boehner has chosen to coverup this Constitutional violation.

It is time to insist that Boehner resign as Speaker, so that New Speaker Trey Gowdy can appoint a House Special Investigator.


15 posted on 02/26/2014 8:30:04 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: jospehm20

Same thing with the formation of unions. The only reason unions were able to come into existence is that workers were already gaining some clout. Unions just took over and claimed the credit for higher wages and better working conditions.


16 posted on 02/26/2014 8:31:38 PM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: Graewoulf
New Speaker Trey Gowdy

Make it so, Graewoulf, Make it so!

17 posted on 02/26/2014 8:53:01 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Ok, this grabbed my attention. The EPA has a Homeland Security Office? HUH?

What’s that all about?


18 posted on 02/26/2014 9:17:43 PM PST by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Delta Dawn
Yep, they sure do.

Hmm.

19 posted on 02/27/2014 5:10:49 AM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Thanks smoothsailing.
...an investigation into the mismanagement that allowed a senior EPA official to bilk taxpayers for nearly $900,000, the EPA Inspector General said in a letter to Sen. David Vitter (R., La.) released Wednesday. EPA employees threatened Inspector General investigators, refused to cooperate, and handed out non-disclosure agreements to other employees to keep them from being interviewed, EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins Jr. wrote in response to a request for information by Vitter on the case.

20 posted on 03/01/2014 11:08:38 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: ClearCase_guy

the most corrupt, fraudulent admin ever


21 posted on 03/01/2014 11:09:21 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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Climate change expert’s fraud was ‘crime of massive proportion,’ say feds
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3102277/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3102371/posts
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/investigations/climate-change-experts-fraud-was-crime-massive-proportion-say-feds-v21911592

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/johnbeale/index

Sound Science And The U.S. Economy Victimized By The EPA’s CIA Fake, John Beale
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2013/12/26/sound-science-and-the-u-s-economy-victimized-by-the-epas-cia-fake-john-beale/


22 posted on 03/01/2014 12:26:11 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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