- Associated Press - Monday, July 28, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) - A pretrial hearing has been postponed for a southwest Ohio lawmaker accused of misleading investors about a company’s financial status and using their money for personal gain.

The hearing for state Rep. Pete Beck was delayed Monday after a scheduling conflict in the courtroom of Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge John Andrew West. It was not immediately rescheduled.

Beck’s trial is set for November.

Beck has pleaded not guilty to felony theft and securities fraud charges. A former business partner has agreed to testify against Beck as part of a plea agreement.

The 61-year-old accountant from the Cincinnati suburb of Mason has denied the allegations through attorneys. Beck lost his chances for re-election after being defeated in in this year’s Republican primary, but he has rejected calls for his resignation.