The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck was accused today by a federal grand jury of stealing more than $2 million from his former employer.
The 38-count indictment charges Beck, an ex-insurance lobbyist and long-time leader of the Georgia Christian Coalition, with fraud and money laundering in an elaborate scheme to defraud the Georgia Underwriting Association.
With the stolen cash, the Republican allegedly paid his credit card bills and taxes — and even funded the 2018 campaign that landed him in office. Beck funneled money to himself through two Carrolton-based companies he controlled, the Georgia Christian Coalition and Creative Consultants, the indictment alleges.
— AJC (@ajc) May 15, 2019
Jim Beck was visibly nervous when he entered the courtroom, shuffling to the defense table in shackles and handcuffs. He turned himself in to authorities early Wednesday morning. #UpLateATL https://t.co/whQLLmQeuS
— 11Alive News (@11AliveNews) May 16, 2019
#BREAKING: Channel 2 Action News has confirmed that Jim Beck — Georgia’s insurance commissioner who faces charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering — has surrendered to the FBI – https://t.co/F3SCRk9Wmn pic.twitter.com/7zG0QMIHHi
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) May 15, 2019
.@GeorgiaDemocrat chair @NikemaForSenate calls for Republican Insurance Commish Jim Beck to step down after fraud charges: “He has zero credibility to continue in his role, and should resign immediately.” #gapol pic.twitter.com/hxD2BPE4I7
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) May 14, 2019