State Rep. Pete Beck, R-Mason, was indicted Friday on 16 felony counts related to securities fraud, accused of fleecing investors out of about $200,000.
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Timeline of Ohio Rep. Peter Beck’s recent legal problems
Sept. 21, 2012: Beck sues his former accounting firm partners Don Donohoo, Jr. and Roger Cupp after they oust him from the firm.
Dec. 12, 2012: The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Securities Enforcement Unit requests forensic accounting and litigation support help from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation while looking into allegations involving Beck.
Jan. 3, 2013: Investors file a $1.2 million civil lawsuit against State Rep. Pete Beck and others in Hamilton County. The lawsuit alleges Beck used his accounting acumen to lure investors into putting their money into Christopher Technologies. It also alleged $15,000 was improperly funneled into Beck’s political campaign.
Feb. 11: Beck files a counter suit against the investors, led by Thomas Walter, claiming the lawsuit is “malicious” and an attempt to extort a settlement. He also filed a motion to dismiss and to strike “vexatious and scandalous” allegations.
Feb. 20: Investors respond, saying they have proof Beck was with Walter and his wife Christine when Beck made false representations about the financial health of Christopher Technologies.
Feb. 26: Co-defendant Janet Combs asks a judge to stay the proceedings until the criminal investigation against her has concluded. She said any further filings in the civil case could incriminate her.
March 7: Beck attorneys Konrad Kircher and Joe Borchelt announce Beck has been cleared of any wrongdoing after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor. The federal agency was allegedly looking into some potential pension fund irregularities at Christopher Technologies.
March 28: The civil lawsuit comes to a grinding halt after a judge grants Janet Combs’ request for a stay.
July 19: Beck and Christopher Technologies president John Fussner are indicted on fraud and theft charges.
Recent legal problems for Ohio legislators
April 23, 2011: Rep. Robert Mecklenborg, R-Green Twp, arrested for DUI in Indiana. He resigned from office later that year and pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor. He currently faces losing his law license.
March 13, 2012: Rep. W. Carlton Weddington, D-Columbus, charged with bribery and election falsification for accepting $16,000 in travel and campaign contributions from a phony company set up by the FBI as part of a sting operation, and then introducing legislation for that company. He was sentenced to three years in prison later that year.
Oct. 10, 2012: Rep. Clayton Luckie, D-Dayton, arrested and charged with 45 felonies for stealing $130,000 from his campaign fund. He pleaded guilty three months later and was sentenced to three years in prison.
July 19, 2013: Rep Peter Beck, R-Mason, charged with 16 felonies related to securities fraud and theft. Prosecutors say Beck and a business partner defrauded investors out of at least $200,000. A civil lawsuit regarding the same matter alleges investors were defrauded out of $1.2 million.
More details: Read the indictment documents at myDaytonDailyNews.com