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NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio - The lawyer appointed as special prosecutor to investigate former Mahoning County Probate Judge Mark Belinky was educated in the Youngstown area.

Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains informed the Ohio Attorney General's office that Dan Kasaris would be appointed as Special Assistant Mahoning County Prosecuting Attorney on February 6.

Kasaris is a former assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, and is currently a Senior Assistant Ohio Attorney General, and member of council in the City of North Royalton, where he currently resides.

Kasaris graduated from Poland Seminary High School in 1981, and went on to obtain a B.A. in Communications at Youngstown State University.

A letter from Gains to the Supreme Court of Ohio says that Kasaris has the power and authority to prosecute, investigate or handle the matter of State of Ohio v. Mark Belinky, and any co-defendant, persons or companies currently being investigated or prosecuted by the Mahoning County Prosecutor's Office, the Ohio Department of Public Safety, or the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, or any other duly qualified law enforcement agency.

21 News asked Kasaris if he has received any information about the Belinky investigation, however he said he  was unable to comment on the case.

Last month agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and sheriff's deputies searched Belinky's courthouse office and his home.

According to a search warrant, investigators were looking for bank records, campaign finance reports, lists of donations and donors, ledgers, and any documentation, computers electronic storage devices, and electronic media.

Belinky has resigned from the bench, and the Ohio Supreme Court has appointed an interim judge until Governor John Kasich can select someone to complete Belinky's unexpired term.

As of this writing, no charges have been filed against the former judge.

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