UPDATE: Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder announced Thursday afternoon that Rep Peter Beck has agreed to give up his chairmanship of the House Ways & Means Committee, but he is still in office.
“After consultation with Representative Beck, we have mutually agreed that it would be in the best interest of the House for him to relinquish his chairmanship of the House Ways & Means Committee effective immediately. There are several important initiatives currently being considered by this committee that must continue uninterrupted. These are proposals that will have a long-standing impact on the state of Ohio, and all Ohioans can rest assured that the House will continue the hardworking effort on these initiatives.
“While I do not have the sole authority to remove any member of House, it is still my belief that it is in the best interest of Representative Beck, his family, and the constituents of the 54th House District for him to resign. As I said previously, while there is always a presumption of innocence until proven otherwise, it is my belief that these very serious allegations could cause a distraction to the good work of the Ohio House of Representatives and the needs of the residents of Warren and Butler counties.”
( Mason, Ohio ) - He's still in office, but Ohio Representative Peter Beck is now facing more criminal charges.
He was indicted last summer on 16 counts accusing him of bilking investors out of more than a million dollars. Prosecutors say Beck got people to invest in Christopher Technologies, or CTech, then kept the money for himself.
On Thursday, Beck was indicted on 53 addition charges including aggravated theft, perjury, telecommunications fraud, receiving stolen property, money laundering, and multiple crimes related to the sale of securities.
Beck insists he's innocent and has refused calls by Ohio Republican leaders for him to step down.