Ex-lawmaker convicted of 13 charges including perjury

FILE - In this April 7, 2014 file photo, Ohio state representative Pete Beck, center, stands in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court in Cincinnati with his lawyers Chad Ziepfel, left, and Ralph Kohnen during a hearing. Closing arguments began Wednesday, May 27, 2015 in the trial of a former lawmaker accused of defrauding a technology company's investors out of millions of dollars. (AP Photo/Amanda Myers, File)
FILE - In this April 7, 2014 file photo, Ohio state representative Pete Beck, center, stands in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court in Cincinnati with his lawyers Chad Ziepfel, left, and Ralph Kohnen during a hearing. Closing arguments began Wednesday, May 27, 2015 in the trial of a former lawmaker accused of defrauding a technology company's investors out of millions of dollars. (AP Photo/Amanda Myers, File)

CINCINNATI (AP) – A former southwest Ohio lawmaker accused of misleading investors about a company’s financial status and using their money for personal gain has been convicted of 13 charges including securities fraud, theft and perjury.

A Hamilton County judge on Tuesday found former state Rep. Pete Beck guilty of the 13 counts. Judge John Andrew West had presided over a 10-week nonjury trial.

Beck had pleaded not guilty to 38 charges, and his attorneys had said the accusations were false and meant to make him into a scapegoat.

The 62-year-old accountant was acquitted on counts of telecommunications fraud, involvement in a criminal enterprise and other alleged securities violations.

He lost his bid to retain his Ohio House seat when he was defeated in the 2014 May primary and resigned in November.

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