Former Belmont County Commissioner Mark Thomas Reports to Jail

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Former Belmont County commissioner Mark Thomas this morning reported to the Belmont County Jail to serve a 30-day sentence for contempt of court.

Thomas, who had been a lawyer before having his law license revoked, was sent to jail after he failed to provide records to a plaintiff’s attorney as ordered by Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra.

Vavra issued the order Dec. 12 after legal proceedings in a case related to Thomas’ private practice as an attorney, not his role as a commissioner. Thomas previously had served as power of attorney for a trustee client.

According to court records, Vavra had ordered Thomas in November to supply files for a trustee client named Alma Lukas by Jan. 4. Lukas’ agent, Kathy Amos, had filed a civil case against Thomas earlier in 2018. According to the court, Thomas had power of attorney for Lukas several years ago. Amos was later invested with Lukas’ power of attorney and said Thomas failed to turn over documents, prompting Amos to sue for an injunction ordering that Thomas provide those records.

Thomas this week claimed he had turned over all documentation.

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