Beck was sentenced in August 2015 to four years in prison after being convicted of three theft counts, as well as seven perjury and three securities-related counts. The perjury and securities counts were overturned by the First District Court of Appeals in December 2016, and Beck was released from prison after serving 16 months.
The theft charges carried a one-year sentence.
Before his conviction, Beck was a certified public accountant for 24 years, but the case cost him his CPA license. In his petition to the court, Beck said his criminal record “makes it very difficult to find employment” and he is “hindered in my ability to find work without my CPA license.”
If his license is reinstated, Beck told the court he could open his own CPA firm. He also told the court the CQE “would further solidify that I am worthy of a potential client’s business.”