WASHINGTON (AP) — A former high-ranking official with the Environmental Protection Agency has been charged with stealing nearly $900,000 from the agency over more than a dozen years.
John C. Beale, a former deputy assistant administrator in the Office of Air and Radiation, was charged Friday with stealing a total of $886,186 between 2000 and last April.
A document filed by the Justice Department says Beale stole the money by collecting bonuses and extra salary.
Beale worked at the EPA for at least two decades under several presidents.
An agency spokeswoman said the EPA is coordinating closely with its inspector general and the Justice Department on the complaint.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy was head of the Air and Radiation office from 2009 until taking over the agency last month.