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John Beale, the former senior Environmental Protection Agency official who was sentenced Dec. 18 to 32 months in prison for stealing nearly $900,000 from the government by pretending to work for the CIA, is off to his Cape Cod vacation home this weekend.

Beale, we may recall, duped EPA folks by telling them his absences from the office were related to his top-secret work for the CIA and its “directorate of operations.” He also lied about getting malaria (he didn’t) while he served in Vietnam (he didn’t) to get an EPA parking space reserved for the disabled.

He hasn’t reported to prison. But he’s paid off  his $507,000 fine and also restitution of the $886,186 by check (apparently didn’t bounce). A judge this week agreed to his lawyer’s request — unopposed by prosecutors — that he be allowed to go to his home in tony Truro on the Cape “so he can meet with contractors and property managers to arrange for the long-term maintenance, upkeep and potential rental” of the place while he’s, uh, away.

Kind of an odd time of year to go to the Cape, no? Are there flights from there to a country that doesn’t have an extradition treaty?