CINCINNATI — A trial date is expected to be set for a southwestern Ohio lawmaker charged with fraud and theft for allegedly misleading investors about a company's financial status and using their money for personal gain.

A judge is expected to set the new date Thursday for 61-year-old Republican state Rep. Pete Beck in Cincinnati. Beck has denied the allegations and brushed away calls to resign.

Beck initially faced 16 counts, including theft, securities fraud, making misrepresentations and selling securities in an insolvent company without full disclosure. He later was indicted on more than 50 other counts, including allegations that he lied to securities investigators.

The trial was rescheduled from this month after prosecutors indicated they intended to merge the charges.

Another defendant also requested more time.