Attorney: Indicted Ohio lawmaker won't resign
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 06:43

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The attorney for a Republican Ohio lawmaker indicted last week in an alleged investment scheme says charges against his client are unfounded and the officeholder has no plans to resign his legislative seat.

State Rep. Pete Beck, a certified public accountant from Mason, is charged with 16 felony counts, including theft and fraud, and faces up to 102 years in prison. Prosecutors say the 60-year-old legislator misled investors about a company's financial status and used their money for personal gain.

Beck's lawyer said in an email Monday that Beck won't heed calls by Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder and state GOP chairman Matt Borges to step down.

Attorney Konrad Kircher said Beck "is not interested in abandoning his constituents," and plans to "capably represent them" while he fights the charges.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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