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Former Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck. (Photo: Atlanta Journal Constitution) Former Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck. (Photo: Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Jim Beck, Georgia’s former insurance commissioner, will spend more than seven years in prison for his role in a $2.5 million fraud scheme as a federal judge lambasted him for lying from the stand during his July trial.

U.S. District Judge Mark Cohen sentenced Jim Beck to seven years, three months in federal prison, less than the 10 years federal prosecutors had originally aimed for, but more than the five years Beck’s lawyers argued was enough.

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