Thomas fails to produce records, is ordered to jail

Mark Thomas, a former Belmont County commissioner, faces 30 days in jail for contempt of court, having failed to provide records to a plaintiff’s attorney by Jan. 4 as ordered by Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra.

Vavra imposed the order Dec. 12, giving Thomas a Jan. 4 deadline to produce the records. Vavra said today that he had spoken with plaintiff’s counsel, who told him all of the expected records had not been received.

As a result, Thomas is ordered to report to jail by 9 a.m. Friday. The case is related to Thomas’ private practice as an attorney, not his role as a commissioner. He had served as power of attorney for a trustee client.

Today Thomas said he had believed he was in compliance with the court’s order and that he has turned over all the files related to that client that he had or could find as of today. He said he is in the process of working with the plaintiff’s counsel.

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