Thu., 3:35pm: Ex-judge Belinky pleads guilty

YOUNGSTOWN – Former Mahoning County Probate Court Judge Mark Belinky today pleaded guilty to one felony charge of tampering with records.

Belinky, 61, admitted he failed to disclose between $7,500 and $150,000 in campaign contributions, expenditures and loans in his 2008 pre- and post-general election campaign finance reports.

Belinky has been involved in a criminal investigation led by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, or BCI, which searched his home in Boardman and probate court chambers inside the Mahoning County Courthouse on Feb. 7.

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