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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A Mahoning County judge is the subject of an investigation.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation tells 21 News that two search warrants were issued in the city Friday for electronic and paper files.

One search warrant was executed at Mahoning County Probate Judge Mark Belinky's office at the Mahoning County Court House on Friday.   The other warrant was served at Belinky's home in Boardman Township.
 
Agents from the Ohio Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification, the FBI and the Mahoning County Sheriff's Office assisted in the searches.

Judge Belinky did return a call to 21 News and issued a statement saying, "On the advice of counsel I will only say that since my election, I have faithfully discharged my duties as Judge of the Mahoning County Probate Court."

Judge Belinky has had financial problems in the past.  Three years ago the Internal Revenue Service filed a lien against Belinky's home, stating he owed more than $32,000 in federal income taxes.  Last year, Judge Belinky was taken to court by a Florida man over a $20,000 debt.
 
The Judge has not been charged with any crime.
 
 

 

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