GA insurance commissioner suspended by governor

GA insurance commissioner suspended by governor
Georgia’s Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Jim Beck

ATLANTA, Ga. (WALB) - Governor Brian Kemp has suspended Georgia’s Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Jim Beck.

Governor Kemp said that Beck sent him a letter Thursday requesting the suspension.

The Georgia Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner issued the following statement:

"Today, Commissioner Jim Beck announced that he is suspending himself from office. This means he will be absent from making decisions with regard to the daily operations of the Department of Insurance. In his absence, Chief Deputy Insurance Commissioner Drew Lane will perform the duties of the Insurance Commissioner as provided for by Georgia law.

The Department anticipates Governor Kemp will appoint an acting Insurance Commissioner who will serve until the case against Commissioner Beck is resolved. The employees of the Department of Insurance remain focused on their service to the people of Georgia and will continue to work hard to fulfill their mission."

Kemp had said that Beck’s indictment “severely undermines” his ability to fulfill his official obligations to the people of Georgia.

Beck was indicted on 38 counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering in violation of federal law when he was with the Georgia Underwriting Association.

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