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Kemp calls for indicted insurance commissioner to resign

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp is calling for the resignation of Georgia’s insurance commissioner after he was indicted on federal charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering that stem from alleged crimes that preceded his election.

Kemp, in a letter Wednesday, asked fellow Republican Jim Beck to resign, saying the indictment “severely undermines your ability to fulfill your official obligations to the people of Georgia.”

Beck’s attorney, William “Bill” Thomas, declined comment when contacted Wednesday. Thomas has said previously his client is innocent and that he intends to remain in office as he fights the charges.

Beck pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the 38-count indictment. The charges relate to Beck’s time as general manager of operations for the Georgia Underwriting Association, which was created to provide high-risk property insurance to Georgia homeowners.