Pretrial hearing set for indicted Ohio legislator

CINCINNATI (AP) — A southwest Ohio lawmaker accused of misleading investors about a company's financial status and using their money for personal gain has a pretrial hearing.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge John Andrew West scheduled a hearing Monday in the case, with state Rep. Pete Beck scheduled for trial in November.

Beck is charged with felony counts that include theft and securities fraud.

A former business partner has agreed to testify against Beck as part of a plea agreement.

The 61-year-old accountant from the northern Cincinnati suburb of Mason has denied the allegations through his attorneys. Beck lost his chances for re-election after being defeated in in this year's Republican primary, but he has rejected calls for his resignation.

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