New hearing set for Ohio lawmaker in fraud case

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- A court hearing has been delayed for 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.

Republican state Rep. Pete Beck of Mason was in court Thursday in Cincinnati for a hearing to set his trial or allow him to enter another plea. The defense asked for more time to review more than 60,000 pages of information from the prosecutor, and the judge delayed the hearing until Oct. 31.

Beck pleaded not guilty in July to 16 felony counts. The 60-year-old certified public accountant and his attorney declined to comment after court.

Beck has denied the allegations against him as "scandalous" through his attorneys and brushed away calls that he resign.