Supreme Court rejects appeal from former Warren County Rep. Peter Beck

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request for a new trial for former Mason mayor and state Rep. Peter Beck, who served 16 months in prison after being convicted in 2015 on charges of defrauding investors in a computer software company.

The justices action Monday would appear to bring the case to a conclusion for Beck, a Republican who resigned his seat in 2014 after being indicted on 16 felony charges.

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A state court convicted Beck of 13 counts and sentenced him to four years in prison, but a state appeals court in 2016 overturned 10 of those charges. He was seeking to have a retrial on the three remaining theft counts.

Beck was released from prison at the end of 2016.

Richard Kerger, a Toledo attorney who filed the appeal to the Supreme Court on behalf of Beck, said Beck could still pursue a post-conviction appeal in federal court but “that possibility has not yet been determined.”

The justices issued the ruling without any comment.

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