Former judge pleads guilty to tampering with records

Felony charge against 61-year-old Ohio man involves campaign money.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
May 15, 2014


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that former Mahoning County Probate Court Judge Mark Belinky, 61, has pleaded guilty to a bill of information charging him with one count of tampering with records.

According to the bill of information, Belinky failed to disclose between $7,500 and $150,000 in campaign contributions, campaign expenditures, and loans used for campaign purposes on his 2008 pre-election campaign finance report and 2008 post-election campaign finance report. 

The tampering with records charge is a felony of the fourth degree. Belinky will be sentenced at a later date.

The investigation into Belinky, which is being conducted by the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mahoning County Sheriff's Office, is ongoing. 

Prosecutors with Attorney General DeWine's Special Prosecutions Section are prosecuting the case.



The news seems to forget to mention the party affiliation when its Democrats that are in trouble.

"Belinky has battled tax problems in the past. In 2011, the IRS placed a lien on his home for owing $32,000 in income taxes from 2008 and 2009.The judge and his wife were put on a payment plan to pay the taxes. He said then that the tax problems were caused because of income he earned when he closed out his private law practice, where he was self-employed at the same time he began his career on the bench.Belinky also had his paycheck garnished last year because of $20,000 he owed on a loan from 2008 plus more than $7,000 interest.As probate judge, he made about $105,000 annually."
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