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.