Former EPA official charged with stealing nearly $900,000 from agency

John C. Beale, a former deputy assistant administrator in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation, was charged Friday with stealing $886,186 from the agency, according to the Associated Press. Beale is accused of stealing the funds over a 13-year period from 2000 until last April.

A document filed by the Justice Department states Beale stole the money by collecting bonuses and extra salary, according to the report. Beale worked at the EPA for at least two decades, and an agency spokeswoman told the Associated Press the agency is working with its inspector general and the Justice Department on the complaint.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy served as head of the Office of Air and Radiation from 2009 until stepping into her current role. Her nomination was confirmed by the Senate last month.

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