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