Sheila McLaughlin reports:
A press conference this afternoon at the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office is expected to involve the indictment of State Rep. Peter Beck (R-Mason).
The Enquirer has learned that Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will hold the 2:30 p.m. press conference.
The Columbus Dispatch reported Thursday that Beck, the former mayor of Mason, is expected to be indicted on numerous charges of security fraud for dealings in his private business.
Beck’s attorney, Konrad Kircher, said Beck, a state legislator who serves as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, is ready to mount a “vigorous defense,” and is being blamed for the wrongdoing of others, namely Tom Lysaght, who died in 2010, and John Fussner, who is now bankrupt.
Investors in Christopher Technologies, a startup software company headed by Fussner, sued Beck in January, accusing him, the Milford accounting firm of Donohoo, Cupp, Beck & Associates, Ark by the River Fellowship Ministry in Linwood and others of cheating them out of $1.2 million in investments and spending the money instead on personal and other items.
According to the lawsuit, at least $15,000 of the money went to help Beck win election in 2010.
Most of the money was to be invested in TML Consulting, a company run by Lysaght, who died in 2010. His widow is pastor at Ark by the River Fellowship Ministry, where some of the investors’ money was alleged to have gone.
Beck represents the Ohio 54th District, which covers parts of Warren and Butler counties.
The Enquirer will update this story.