Ohio Judge Pleads Guilty To Falsifying Reports

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a northeast Ohio judge has pleaded guilty to failing to report campaign contributions and expenditures in his 2008 campaign.

Federal and state authorities reported that Mahoning County Probate Court Judge Mark Belinky pleaded guilty Thursday in Youngstown to one felony count of tampering with records.

Prosecutors said the 61-year-old Belinky failed to disclose between $7,500 and $150,000 in campaign contributions, expenditures and loans used for campaign purposes on his 2008 finance reports.

Belinky, a Democrat from Boardman, was first appointed by then-Gov. Ted Strickland in 2007 and elected to another term in 2008. He resigned in March.

Belinky and his attorney declined to comment after Thursday’s hearing. A sentencing date was not set.

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