Ohio Lawmaker Charged With Fraud Appears In Court

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker accused of misleading investors about a company’s financial status and using their money for personal gain was in court again Thursday.

At a short hearing in Hamilton County court, Judge John Andrew West set a July 28 hearing for Rep. Pete Beck of Mason.

Beck’s trial is set for Nov. 17.

The 61-year-old Beck, who was indicted in July, is accused of being part of an enterprise that misled investors, laundered money and improperly diverted investors’ money.

Beck has pleaded not guilty to the charges and denies involvement.

Beck lost his bid for re-election in the May 6 primary.

John Fussner, a former business partner, has agreed to testify against Beck as part of a plea agreement he reached with prosecutors.

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