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.