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Cincinnati-Area State Rep. Resigns

Ohio State Rep. Peter Beck has resigned from the Ohio House.

A Republican state representative from the Cincinnati area is resigning. 

State Rep. Peter Beck has resigned effective Nov. 30. He was not going to represent his Southwest Ohio area much longer anyway since he was defeated by another Republican last month. 

But Beck’s resignation is noteworthy since he has been accused of helping to scam investors by misleading them about a start-up software company he knew was insolvent. Beck faces a trial later this month on 69 felony counts including fraud, theft, perjury, money laundering and receiving stolen property.

House Speaker Bill Batchelder has been asking Beck to resign for more than a year and now he has. Batchelder says it was the best decision for his constituents.