Perjury among 53 new charges facing GOP legislator

State representative and several alleged co-conspirators face felony charges in connection with their activities involving a software company.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Feb 15, 2014

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph T. Deters announced that additional indictments have been issued against State Rep. and Certified Public Accountant Peter A. Beck and several co-conspirators in connection with their activities involving Ohio software company Christopher Technologies, LLC, or CTech.

Peter A. Beck, 63 of Mason, was indicted on 53 counts:

    One count of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, a felony of the first degree
    Three counts of Aggravated Theft, a felony of the third degree
    Seven counts of Theft, a felony of the fourth degree
    Ten counts of Perjury, a felony of the third degree
    One count of Telecommunications Fraud, a felony of the second degree
    Four counts of Telecommunications Fraud, a felony of the a felony of the third degree
    One count of Receiving Stolen Property, a felony of the fourth degree
    Two counts of False Representation in the Sale of a Security, a felony of the first degree
    Two counts of False Representation in the Sale of a Security, a felony of the second degree
    Two counts of Unregistered Sale of a Security, a felony of the first degree
    Two counts of Unregistered Sale of a Security, a felony of the second degree
    Two counts of Sale of a Security by an Insolvent Issuer, a felony of the first degree
    Two counts of Sale of a Security by an Insolvent Issuer, a felony of the second degree
    Two counts of Fraudulent Sale of a Security, a felony of the first degree
    Two counts of Fraudulent Sale of a Security, a felony of the second degree
    Three counts of Unlicensed Sale of a Security, a felony of the first degree
    One count of Unlicensed Sale of a Security, a felony of the second degree
    Two counts of a Prohibited Securities Act, a felony of the first degree
    Two counts of a Prohibited Securities Act, a felony of the second degree
    Two counts of Money Laundering, a felony of the third degree

Beck was previously indicted in July 2013 on 16 felony counts.

TML Consulting, LLC, of Cincinnati was indicted on eight counts:

    One count of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, a felony of the first degree
    One count of Telecommunications Fraud, a felony of the second degree
    One count of False Representation in the Sale of a Security, a felony of the first degree
    One count of False Representation in the Sale of a Security, a felony of the second degree
    One count of Unregistered Sale of a Security, a felony of the first degree
    One count of Fraudulent Sale of a Security, a felony of the first degree
    One count of a Prohibited Securities Act, a felony of the first degree

Janet Combs, of Cincinnati, was indicted on nine counts:

    One count of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, a felony of the first degree
    Four counts of Receiving Stolen Property, a felony of the fourth degree
    Four counts of Money Laundering, a felony of the third degree

Ark by the River Fellowship Ministries, Inc., of Cincinnati, was indicted on nine counts:

    One count of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, a felony of the first degree
    Four counts of Receiving Stolen Property, a felony of the fourth degree
    Four counts of Money Laundering, a felony of the third degree

The cases are a joint prosecution between the Ohio Attorney General’s office and the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office and follows a referral from the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Securities.

The Cincinnati-area legislator apparently will make the state prove its case that he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from investors, lied repeatedly to state investigators and funneled money to his campaign and a church that authorities label a “cult.”

Beck already was facing a century-plus in prison if convicted of 16 felony charges related to theft and securities fraud before being indicted this week on 53 more felony counts. That would add as much as 305 more years to his potential prison sentence if he is convicted.

Beck had pleaded not guilty to the earlier charges and said he is innocent of the new ones as well.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Jim Siegel and Darrel Rowland of the Columbus Dispatch (MCT) contributed to this story.

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kURTje

Sure like to see action from the A.G. on John Born & Ricky Vitte. Similar parallel imo.