Search warrant unsealed in Belinky case

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Mahoning County Probate Judge Mark Belinky is the target of what state and local police are calling an ongoing investigation.

On Friday, agents with Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the FBI and the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office searched the judge’s Boardman home and office. They seized documents, computer equipment and electronic media.

According to a search warrant inventory on file in Youngstown Municipal Court, the following items were taken from Belinky’s office:

  • A folder containing campaign records
  • A Dell desktop computer
  • A paper with user names and passwords
  • A promissory note with wages and garmishments
  • Photocopied campaign checks from 2004
  • Ohio campaign finance report: Committee for our Future
  • Bank statements, 2007 tax returns and miscellaneous financial records
  • Information on campaign signs
  • 2008 general election campaign reports
  • Miscellaneous campaign documents
  • 2008 primary election campaign finance reports
  • 2007 IRS tax information
  • 2014 campaign petitions and filing documents
  • Oakhill notes, list of employees and miscellaneous notes
  • A file folder containing campaign events and sign information
  • 2007 amended W-4, 2007 Huntington Bank information
  • 2007 and 2008 financial disclosure statements
  • Folder containing names, addresses and phone numbers for sign locations
  • Personal financial statements
  • Cortland Bank book finance reports
  • Handwritten financial notes
  • A box of campaign cards
  • A 2008 datebook and returned campaign postcards
  • A list of 2008 campaign election events

The warrant states the items are evidence in the following criminal offenses: engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, tampering with records, bribery, money laundering, theft and theft in office.

A search warrant from his home is expected to be unsealed on Tuesday.

On Monday, Belinky sought to reassure the public that it will be business as usual at the county probate court, despite the fact that his home and office were searched last week.

In the prepared statement, the judge said he is cooperating with the authorities and will continue his work on the bench.

“As a person, I have cooperated with law enforcement in the this investigation and will continue to cooperate,” said Belinky. “The public should be confident that Probate Court is open for business, and that I and the court staff are here to serve the residents of Mahoning County.” To read the complete statement, click here.

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