Six months after Jim Beck was elected, the gregarious Republican and longtime head of the Georgia Christian Coalition became the first sitting statewide official in Georgia to be indicted in recent memory.
Beck stole some $2 million from his former employer, the Georgia Underwriters Association. He is charged with mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.
The McKaigs are two of four people who investigators believe Beck used to carry out his scheme. Authorities haven’t released the names — they are referred to by initials in the indictment — but the newspaper identified the couple, as well as the two others, by examining public records, conducting interviews and connecting dots in court records. What emerges is the most complete account yet of the complex and prolonged scam in which Beck allegedly duped some of those closest to him for his own benefit.