Jim Beck, Georgia’s former insurance commissioner, reports to prison

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King is the first Hispanic person appointed to statewide office in Georgia, hoping in 2022 to be the first Hispanic person elected to statewide office here.

“I’ve never shied away from a challenge, and I took this one with gusto,” King said at a campaign event in a Cartersville coffee shop recently. “The governor asked me to clean up the agency, and that’s what we did.”

Jurors found that Beck, a longtime player in Georgia GOP politics, deceived close friends and a cousin to drag them into his scheme to embezzle more than $2 million from Georgia Underwriting Association. Beck was general manager at the association — the state-created insurer for customers who’ve had trouble buying coverage — before leaving to run for state insurance commissioner, running the office that regulates insurance and small loan businesses and serves as Georgia’s fire marshal. Beck was suspended by Kemp just months into office in 2019 when…

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