EPA Fraudster Pleads 5th Before House Committee

Law360, New York (October 1, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT) -- A former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official who admitted to scamming taxpayers out of nearly $900,000 refused to testify before a U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government panel on Tuesday, frustrating efforts to uncover how his lies went unnoticed for two decades.

John Beale, formerly a deputy assistant administrator in the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, asserted his Fifth Amendment privilege and declined to answer questions by the full oversight committee, despite having recently pled guilty to stealing nearly $900,000 in undeserved salary, benefits...
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