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UPDATE: Hearing Rescheduled for Beck's Fraud Case

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A court hearing has been delayed for a southwest Ohio lawmaker charged with fraud and theft for allegedly misleading investors about a company's financial status and using their money for personal gain.

Republican state Rep. Pete Beck of Mason was in court Thursday in Cincinnati for a hearing to set his trial or allow him to enter another plea. The defense asked for more time to review more than 60,000 pages of information from the prosecutor, and the judge delayed the hearing until Oct. 31.

Beck pleaded not guilty in July to 16 felony counts. The 60-year-old certified public accountant and his attorney declined to comment after court.

Beck has denied the allegations against him as "scandalous" through his attorneys and brushed away calls that he resign.



State Lawmaker Charged With Fraud to be in Court

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A southwest Ohio lawmaker charged with fraud and theft for allegedly misleading investors about a company's financial status and using their money for personal gain will have a court hearing.

The Thursday hearing is to schedule state Rep. Pete Beck's trial or give him the opportunity to enter another plea. The Republican legislator from Mason pleaded not guilty in July to 16 felony counts including charges of theft and securities fraud.

The 60-year-old certified public accountant has denied the allegations against him as "scandalous" through his attorneys and brushed away calls that he resign.

Investors sued Beck in January. They accused him and others of misleading them about two companies' financial status and misusing $1.2 million.

Beck faces up to 102 years in prison if convicted.

 
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