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Authorities seize Belinky records looking for evidence of theft and other offenses



Published: Mon, February 10, 2014 @ 5:54 p.m.

Authorities seize Belinky records looking for evidence of theft and other offenses

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Investigators seized campaign and financial records of Mahoning County Probate Judge Mark Belinky, looking for evidence to file criminal charges including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, tampering with records, bribery, money laundering, theft, and theft in office, according to a search warrant.

Documents taken from Judge Belinky’s court office in Youngstown include bank records, campaign finance reports, lists of campaign donors, computers and electronic media, according to the return of a search warrant signed by Youngstown Municipal Judge Elizabeth Kobly. A search warrant also was served at his Windsor Road home in Boardman.

The state Bureau of Criminal Investigation served warrants Friday with the assistance of the FBI and the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office.

Judge Belinky’s attorney, J. Gerald Ingram, declined to comment.

Judge Belinky also declined to comment earlier in the day other than to release a statement saying that despite the search Friday, the court is open for business. Judge Belinky said he has been advised by his lawyer not to say anything.

“I’d like to comment but I’m not allowed,” the judge said.

Judge Belinky said he has not considered stepping down.

The returned warrant for the search of his home was not available Monday.


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1mryoungstown(1 comment)posted 2 months, 1 week ago

Just wondering...
If this joker is convicted, will he too continue to collect his govt pension?

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2questionreality(170 comments)posted 2 months, 1 week ago

Whhhhaaaaat??! No recusal????!!

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3kurtw(762 comments)posted 2 months, 1 week ago

He'll keep collecting it, but it may be garnished if there's a judgment against him. Traficant paid a fine and it came out of his gov. pension. The same rule applies to someone in the private sector as well.

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4zz3(874 comments)posted 2 months, 1 week ago

will someone please take him for a haircut before the trial

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