- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A state representative from southwest Ohio has resigned amid allegations he misled investors about a company’s financial status and used their money for personal gain.

Republican Rep. Peter Beck of Mason has pleaded not guilty to more than 60 charges including felony theft and securities fraud. He’s awaiting trial.

House Speaker William Batchelder announced Beck’s resignation Monday, though it was effective at the end of November. A House spokesman says the letter was hand-delivered Sunday.

In his resignation letter, Beck says he has some “personal matters” that will require his attention this month and keep him from attending the final days of the legislative session.

Batchelder declined to comment on the allegations against Beck, but said Beck’s decision to step down was the best one for his constituents and family.

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