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Sentencing date set for former Mahoning County judge

The man who once presided over Mahoning County Probate Court will be sentenced next month.  A July 9 sentencing date has been set for former Judge Mark Belinky who pleaded guilty to a charge of tampering with records, which was filed in connection with an investigation into his political campaigns.

According to the bill of information, Belinky failed to disclose 2008 campaign contributions, expenditures and loans in amounts ranging from $7,500 to $150,000. The court document does not list a specific amount.

The crime is a fourth degree felony. Belinky, who is free on $2,500 bond, has already agreed to surrender his license to practice law.

The special prosecutor is recommending that the former judge be placed on probation.

In February, agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and sheriff's deputies searched Belinky's courthouse office and his Boardman 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 since 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

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