Judge John Vavra to Belmont Commissioner Mark Thomas: Turn Over Documents or Head to Jail

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Commissioner Mark Thomas has been found in contempt of court and ordered to jail in January.

Common Pleas Judge John Vavra imposed the order in court today, according to Belmont County Clerk of Court records. According to Vavra’s office, Thomas must report to jail by 9 a.m. Jan. 11, 2019, unless he provides records to plaintiff’s counsel by Jan. 4.

Court records indicate that Vavra ordered Thomas in November to supply files for a trustee client named Alma Lukas. Lukas’ power of attorney, Kathy Amos, filed a civil case against Thomas earlier this year alleging Thomas was not paying the expenses for Lukas as he was supposed to have been. Thomas had agreed to provide the documents and deliver them by Nov. 30. However, court records indicate, Thomas failed to comply.

Thomas, an attorney, lost his re-election bid in November and has had his law license suspended in West Virginia and Ohio.