|Hearing delayed for Ohio lawmaker in fraud case|
|Written by Associated Press|
|Thursday, 31 October 2013 09:57|
CINCINNATI (AP) — A hearing to either set a trial date or change a not guilty plea has been delayed for an Ohio lawmaker charged with fraud and theft.
The hearing for Republican Pete Beck of Mason was set for Thursday but was pushed back to Dec. 18 so defense attorneys have more time to review more than 60,000 pages of information from the prosecution. It's the second time the hearing was delayed.
Beck was indicted in July and has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he misled investors about a company's financial status and used their money for personal gain.
Beck has denied the allegations against him as "scandalous" through his attorneys and brushed away calls that he resign.
If convicted, authorities say Beck could face up to 102 years in prison.
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