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Ohio lawmaker charged with fraud appears in court; setting of trial date delayed

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CINCINNATI — A southwestern Ohio lawmaker was in court Monday on charges that he misled investors about a company's financial status and used their money for personal gain

Republican state Rep. Pete Beck was in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas for the first time since March 7.

His attorneys wanted Judge Andrew West to set a trial date, but that was delayed until April 24 after another defendant's attorney requested more time.

Beck declined to comment after the hearing.

Back has pleaded not guilty to 16 felony counts of theft, securities fraud and selling securities in an insolvent company without full disclosure.

Beck has denied the allegations and brushed away calls that he resign. Beck did give up a chairmanship of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.

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