A high-level Environmental Protection Agency official is under scrutiny for allegedly approving expenses for former agency executive John Beale, who pleaded guilty earlier this year of defrauding the government out of nearly $900,000 in pay, travel expenses, and bonuses.
The agency inspector general did not release the woman's name, according to the Washington Post, but congressional aides told the newspaper she was an official with the EPA Air and Radiation Office.
The investigation of the woman's activities, which could lead to prosecution, marks the third time
a deputy from the office of former EPA Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy, who now heads the agency, has come under scrutiny, the Post noted. Another EPA official, Robert Brenner, has admitted to accepting an $8,000 discount on a luxury car arranged by a lobbyist. He is not facing criminal charges.