One wonders how President Barack Obama and Environmental Protection Agency officials expect the public to trust the agency when it cannot even police its own high-ranking executives.
We refer, of course, to former EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator John C. Beale, who this week was sentenced to 32 months in prison for fraud.
For years, Beale would be absent from his Washington office for long periods at a time. Upon returning, he told co-workers he had been on secret assignments for the CIA.
Beale collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in pay and benefits fraudulently. He even received some bonuses.
He never worked for the CIA - a fact EPA officials could have determined easily, had they bothered to check.