State Rep. Peter Beck is rejecting calls by the House speaker and the Ohio Republican chairman to resign from his seat in the wake of a 16-count felony indictment related to securities fraud and theft.
The Mason Republican respects the input of the leaders but feels he can “very confidently represent his constituents,” said his attorney, Konrad Kircher.
“He feels fairly frustrated that there seems to be a rush to judgment when he hasn’t even had his day in court or the opportunity to present his side of the story. We feel that when he’s had that opportunity, he will be vindicated.”
After the indictment on Friday, Speaker William G. Batchelder, R-Medina, called for Beck to resign his seat immediately, noting that “it is my belief that these very serious allegations could cause a distraction to the good work of the Ohio House of Representatives.”
Ohio Republican Chairman Matt Borges followed suit.
Beck represents the 54th District in parts of Butler and Warren counties and was first appointed to the House in 2009.
Attorney General Mike DeWine and Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters are joint prosecuting the case against Beck, which relates to his involvement in an investment deal gone sour that caused business investors to lose $200,000.
Beck was the chief financial officer for Christopher Technologies, a start-up software firm. John Fussner of Mason, the president of Christopher Technologies, also was indicted on seven felony counts.
The indictments are so vague, Kircher said, it’s difficult to know which specific allegations are being brought forth.
Beck, who faces a maximum 102 years in prison, is scheduled for arraignment in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court on Friday. He is the third state lawmaker in 13 months to face felony charges.
By Jim Siegel - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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