You have to laugh - one of the US Environmental Protection Agency's top officials, and the man at the head of its climate change work, spent much of his time at home enjoying himself. He told staff at the agency that he was working for the CIA.
This story was apparently accepted without demur by top brass at the agency:
Beyond Beale’s individual fate, his case raises larger questions about how he was able to get away with his admitted fraud for so long, according to federal and congressional investigators. Two new reports by the EPA inspector general’s office conclude that top officials at the agency “enabled” Beale by failing to verify any of his phony cover stories about CIA work, and failing to check on hundreds of thousands of dollars paid him in undeserved bonuses and travel expenses -- including first-class trips to London where he stayed at five-star hotels and racked up thousands in bills for limos and taxis.
The unscrupulous led by the incompetent. You can see how we have ended up in the fix we are in.