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Former State Representive Beck Guilty On 13 Criminal Charges

Former state representative Peter Beck (second from left) awaits the verdict with his defense team.
Howard Wilkinson
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Former state representative Peter Beck (second from left) awaits the verdict with his defense team.
Former state representative Peter Beck (second from left) awaits the verdict with his defense team.
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Former state representative Peter Beck (second from left) awaits the verdict with his defense team.

Former State Representative Peter Beck could face years in prison after being convicted Tuesday morning on 13 of 38 criminal charges against him.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge John West announced his verdict from the bench; then met with lawyers from both sides in chambers. He found Beck not guilty on nearly two-thirds of the charges.

He was found guilty, though, on seven charges of perjury, three theft charges and three counts of securities violations.

The charges stem from Beck’ s involvement in a company called Christopher Technologies, or C-Tech. He and others involved in the company were accused of bilking investors of millions of dollars.

West said that Beck would undergo the normal pre-sentence investigation and would be sentenced in his courtroom August 20. West asked if Beck had a passport; and his attorney, RalphKohnen, told the judge Beck had surrendered his passport when he posted bond. Beck will remain free on bond until sentencing.

The sentencing range for the perjury charges is six to 18 months in prison for each count. On each of the three theft charges, the sentence could range from nine months to 30 months. On the securities violations, Beck faces three to 10 years in prison.

The courtroom Tuesday morning was full of people who had invested in C-Tech, many of whom testified against Beck in the 10-week trial. West told those people they would be allowed to make statements in open court on August 20 before the sentence is imposed.

The verdict came nearly two years after the original indictment against Beck, who was once one of the most powerful members of the Republican-controlled Ohio House.

It was one of the longest criminal trials in Hamilton County in many decades – 43 days over a 10-week period. Beck waived his right to a jury trial, so West decided his guilt or innocence on the charges.

The Mason Republican resigned from the Ohio House in December. Last spring, while under indictment, he ran for his house seat in a Republican primary and lost.

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Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.